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5 month old sleeping on his tummy

My five month old HATES being on his back. He won't sleep that way at all, prefers his tummy. He rolls from back to tummy all the time, but not the other way around. It makes me nervous, because if he drops his binky, he'll bury his face in the mattress looking for it. Should I be nervous or just let him sleep how he's comfortable?


Asked by EverydayMomma at 11:31 AM on Feb. 10, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (13)
  • Let him sleep how he's comfy. At 5 months old, he can move his head where he can breathe. Once they can flip from tummy to back it's just about impossible to keep them off their tummy! My daughter was the same way.

    Answer by KennsWifey at 11:34 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • According to my mom, I slept on my stomach and I'm still here...29 years later. I wouldn't be too worried about it, but just check on him every now and then. My DD sleeps on her tummy and she does just fine.

    Answer by Imogine at 11:33 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • When my daughter was about that age she had a horrible cold and started sleeping on her belly. She's still a stomach sleeper.

    Answer by CraftingMama at 11:35 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • as soon as they can roll on their own, there really isn't any worry because they've developed the muscle tone and control to move their face as well.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:37 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • both my girls slept on their tummy's I got ridiculed for "letting" them do it even though they also turned onto their tummies.

    Answer by dragonqueen at 11:38 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • both my kids were tummy sleepers too. They both HATED being on their backs. Especially my daughter. From day one, when I would changer her diaper, she would bring her knees up and roll over on her side lol

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 11:40 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • My son would only sleep on his stomach. From day one he has been sleeping on his stomach. I told the pediatrician and she said don't worry about it. He is now almost 13 and still sleeps on his stomach with his hands above his head under the pillow.

    Answer by robinkane at 11:41 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • that was the only way i could get my dd to sleep was on her tummy. and even the doc told me when they learn to roll theres nothing you can do. just keep on eye on them and check them every now and then.

    Answer by laura970 at 11:45 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • i think it should be fine i let my son sleep how he wanted to just check on him or if u don't like him sleeping on his tummy buy one of then baby things with then side cushions on it so he can't role

    Answer by Tarrahs2011 at 11:48 AM on Feb. 10, 2011

  • If he can roll over on his own, then he's fine. Mine were rolling over at that age. You can't stop him from rolling over. This is one of those developmental milestones!!

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 11:49 AM on Feb. 10, 2011