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Babies Encyclopedia: Is it safer for my baby to sleep on his back or stomache? What are the risks of each position?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 5:13 PM on Sep. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Back is the safest with risk including a misshapen head. Stomach sleeping is a high risk for SIDS.

    Answer by silversmom at 5:15 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Studies show it is safest for babies to sleep on their back. The Back to Sleep campaign has been going on for years informing parents to put their babies on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS until baby is 12 months old.


    Answer by Gailll at 5:20 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • It's best for babies to sleep on their backs for at least the first 6 months of life to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Sleeping on their tummies increases the risk of SIDS, but is not the only cause. Sleeping on their backs is the safer choice. The worst that can happen is a mis-shaped head & slight balding.

    Answer by rAbella at 5:31 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • BAck is the safest. If they sleep on their stomachs they can spit up and lay their heads in it and drown

    Answer by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 5:32 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Studies show baby is safer to sleep on back.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 5:47 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Most studies will show that sleeping on their back is best to reduce the risks of SIDS. The recommendation has reduced the number of SIDS deaths by about 2000 babies a year. If you choose to place your baby on his or her side to sleep, make sure the lower arm is in front of the baby to help stop him or her from rolling onto the stomach if you are worried about vomiting and choking although the cases of that are very very few since most babies will sleep with their head to the side.

    Some birth defects will cause your doctor to recommend allowing baby to sleep on their belly, but you should only do so under doctors recommendations.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 7:06 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Once baby can roll over on their own, it's fine to allow them to find their own comfortable position to sleep in, although it's still best to lay baby down on their backs.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 7:08 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • i let all mine sleep on their stomach didnt worry bout risk of kids suffer from acid reflux so laying on their stomach cause them to swallow back thier vomit w/o realizing they were doin it so they would choke..also my kids all have asthma so laying on their back has not been a gd option for me...

    Answer by FreeSpriT4eva at 8:10 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • It is best to lay your baby down on their back. This reduces the risk of SIDS. However, once your baby begins to roll over on their own, they may begin to roll over onto their tummy while asleep. My daughter did this and I said something to my doctor. She informed me that as long as she had good head control (and she did) that she would be fine. So, if your baby begins to roll oer in their sleep, it is not necessary to roll them back over.

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 8:10 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • i disagree with pps. I believe the belly is best. First, its more natural for a baby to sleep in a fetal possition. Second, a baby even at just a few days old can easily turn its head from one side to the other. Third, even the smallest amount of spit up can drawnd a baby thats on its back. (Yea babies tend to turn their head to the side when sleeping on their backs but if spiting up stardles them in their sleep, they tend to turn their head looking up... Which can cause them to choke)

    Answer by Keaton_Hazel at 10:05 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

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