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Belly Sleeper

My daughter is 16 weeks old and will only sleep on her belly. Do you think it's okay to let her have her pacifier while on her belly? She has really good head control.

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Asked by Emmasmom2009 at 9:38 PM on Jul. 23, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i was always told its REALLY bad. but a friend of mine, her son will sleep no other idk...
    id say to be on the safe side, no belly time until your baby is a bit older.

    Answer by kiliki_malie at 9:42 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • i have my baby nap on his belly during the day hes getting a flat spot on his head. i try to to tummy time but he gets fussy after 5-10 mins. hes 12 weeks. i dont see a problem but for me i couldnt do it overnight while im sleeping. i go in an check on him every 5-10 mins while hes on his tummy

    Answer by ilovenoah26 at 9:49 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • The advice for babies to sleep on their back is just one of the ways to reduce SIDS. There are about 10. You can go to google and look up all of them and see which ones you are doing. Then you can make the decision if you are doing enough.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics came out with the recommendation that babies sleep with pacifiers. That recommendation has been debated and it is probably good for botle fed babies but not breastfed babies. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for around 6 months with no pacifiers. Breastfeeding is one of the risk factors for avoiding SIDS.

    The latest recommendation is using a fan in the room the baby is sleeping in.


    Answer by GailllAZ at 10:06 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • pacifiers help with sids and put a fan in the room and there are lots of other things that can ease your mind. but belly time is perfectly fine at that age. you dont want to keep a baby on its back all the time otherwise they get a flat head. and even when they get older and start to roll over even a doc will tell you theres nothing you can do about sleeping on their bellies cuz its out of your control how they sleep then. but if your really consurned about the way they sleep you can get one of those propers and put them on their side or keep them on their backs.

    my oldest was the same way she would only sleep on her belly and i didnt fuss over it. no baby monitor or anything like that. just checked on her before i went to bed. (amazing what you can hear across the house as a new mother.) of course i can hear my LO turn over in bed in the other room.

    Answer by laura970 at 12:03 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

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