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So I always thought babies under like 3 months. Should not be put on their stomacks to sleep or to just lay there. Because they can not move their own necks and heads good enough. That they could suficate. Has that changed????


Asked by louise2 at 8:07 PM on Oct. 4, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Has not changed. They should sleep on their backs.

    Answer by elizabr at 8:08 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • They need to be on their backs or sides to sleep. They can have tummy time while awake though.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:10 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • They still can not move their neck and heads good enough at like 1 or 2 months even when they are awake. I never put my girls on the stomachs tell they where over 3 or 4 months.

    Comment by louise2 (original poster) at 8:13 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • I think everyone has a different opinion about this. I am not saying I disagree or agree with this.

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 8:19 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Nope they need to be on their backs

    Answer by Becca1189 at 8:45 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Mine could hold his head up at the hospital. He slept on his back, but, during the day, he had tummy time while he was AWAKE and I was watching.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:49 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Billions of babies survived sleeping on their stomachs for millenia.  It's only been in the last 15 years or so they have been made to sleep on their backs. 

    We always put our kids to sleep on their backs unless that didn't work.  Our youngest is 2 1/2 months and occasionally sleeps on his tummy (sometimes all night long) because it's the only way he'll calm down.  As for no tummy time 4yo learned to roll the day she turned 3 months and after that she always slept on her tummy.  And my 2mo can hold his head up and move around just fine when he's on his tummy.


    Answer by justanotherjen at 8:51 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • it is safest to have them sleep on their backs but if they can roll over onto their tummies themselves its ok for them to sleep that way...this was told to me by my pediatrician because my son stared roliing onto his tummy at 2 months and ould only sleep that way.

    Answer by april262009 at 9:36 PM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Sleeping on their backs lessens the chance of SIDs. Docs will always reccommend putting them to sleep on their back. My son starting rolling at 2-3 months and would roll onto his tummy at night and sleep. If they are able to roll, they have the strength to move if they can't breathe. I think babies that have tummy time during the day learn to roll, crawl and walk faster.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 8:39 AM on Oct. 5, 2010