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When is it safe to let my baby sleep on his tummy?

My son is 1 month old and he loves sleeping on his tummy but i do check up on him. When is it safe to let him sleep on his tummy during the night. He sleep better on his tummy then on his side.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:59 PM on Dec. 8, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • when he can turn from his front to his back or vice versa is the answer i have always gotten. i wouldn't let sleep on his tummy till then, personally. but you're the mom and they had been doing it for years prior to the new info they have now.

    Answer by angevil53 at 4:02 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Only when he can consistently and easily roll over on his own from his tummy to his back--around 6 months of age.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:03 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • When he is able to do it on his own.

    Answer by DevilInPigtails at 4:30 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • My daughter is almost 4 months old and she's slept on her tummy from the start. She wont sleep on her back.

    Answer by Laila-May at 4:35 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • My son slept on his stomach at birth, right in the nursery. He would not sleep on his back or side. He flipped himself onto his stomach right away.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 4:58 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Always put him to bed on his back. When he can turn himself over he can sleep on his tummy,but you still put him down on his back, you just don't need to move him if he turns himself over. It is BECAUSE babies sleep better on their tummies that it prevents SIDS to keep them on their back. They sleep too soundly and too long and may stop breathing. On their back they sleep less soundly.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 5:13 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • boy did you open up a can of worms!

    noone really knows the TRUE cause of SID - there are many different factors - environment, genetics....

    if he's happy....let him.

    my middle was not happy unless she was on her belly. and well a sleeping happy baby is much better than a screaming banshee and worn out exhausted mommy....

    Answer by hypermamaz at 5:57 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

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