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My six and a half month old will NOT sleep on her back. Everyone says when they can roll over they can sleep on their bellies... she has been able to roll over since 3 months, but I still keep turning her over in her sleep and waking her up. I'm terrified she will stop breathing or something. Am I worrying too much? Should I just let her sleep? My doc says to keep rolling her over if I want, but most likely she will be alright ... "most likely" ahhhh ... what would you do?

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Asked by kaylan010 at 9:59 AM on Dec. 23, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • All three of mine slept on their belly and were fine. Just make sure the sheet is tight so it won't get pulled up to the nose and block air.

    Answer by admckenzie at 10:02 AM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • I think you should get some sleep and not worry so much...Just make sure the crib is free of 'fluffy' blankets and a bumper. Those sleep sacks are great!

    Answer by Soniam301 at 10:02 AM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • You can get those positioners that go around their tummy to keep them from rolling over. I think most people use them on changing tables.

    Answer by Gealach at 10:03 AM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • Once they can roll over themselves, there is nothing much we can do. No pillows or blankets in the crib might help ease your mind, removing the bumper pads might help also. Once mine could roll over, keeping them on their backs was pointless, because no matter how hard I tried, they rolled right back over..

    Answer by midnightmoma at 10:04 AM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • cosleep

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 10:04 AM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • my son has always slept on his stomach. The risk of SIDS, which is the main reason that babies shouldn't sleep on their stomachs, is very low these days. I'm not saying that it isn't prevalent though. The stats for SIDS is: "SIDS is responsible for roughly 50 deaths per 100,000 births in the US." ( No one knows what causes SIDS. Every few years pediatricians change how babies should sleep anyways. If you are really really worried about SIDS, visit

    Answer by denisekeene at 10:10 AM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • There are many different risk factors for SIDS, back sleeping is just one. Breastfeeding prevents SIDS and there are very many moms that would say, "I breastfeed because I'm worried about SIDS." The latest is having a fan in baby's room.

    Go to websites that talk about risk factors for SIDS. Since your baby won't sleep on it's back, do other things for SIDS prevention.

    Answer by Gailll at 10:34 AM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • once my son could roll over, we let him sleep on his stomach... I have read that a fan blowing in the room can help with SIDS, so maybe that can set your mind at ease a bit.

    Answer by c_lotte1107 at 11:18 AM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • my baby is six and 1/2 months old and she always rolls on her belly too it scares me as well i just gave up and put her in bed with me it makes me feel better

    Answer by millerchic at 12:17 PM on Dec. 23, 2009

  • My son would not sleep if he was on his back so he started sleeping on his belly when he was a month old..i know doctors an such say u shouldn't let them but my son was perfectly fine the entire time. He is 8 months now an prefers 2 sleep on his back.


    Answer by LilRed2130 at 7:39 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

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