At what age is it safe for a baby to sleep on his stomach?

My son just turned 7 months and I will put him to bed on his back but alot of times I will find him on his stomach and sometimes he wakes up crying because he is still half asleep and can't figure out how to get back over onto his back. My main concern is SIDS but is it really a concern at this age? I took him out of his basinet and placed him in his playpin to sleep at night since there is not enough room for his crib. It just makes me sleep better to have him at arms reach.


Asked by Anonymous at 4:59 AM on Jan. 4, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It's still best to put him to bed on his back, but if he turns over during the night you don't have to worry about flipping him back over. Just make sure he isn't overdressed, and keep blankies, pillows and stuffed animals away from his face.

    Answer by MamaSueCongdon at 5:01 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • It all depends on the baby! My oldest son would NOT sleep on his back for nothing starting at 2 weeks!! If he didnt sleep on his tummy then he was uncomfortable the whole night. My daughter did the same thing but my now 7 month old refuses to sleep on his tummy nor his back. He sleeps propped up on a boppy because of acid reflux. He usually sleeps on his side. All babies are different. It just depends on thier comfort level! Just dont put any heavy blankets in the playpen with him and you should be safe!

    Answer by angieluv at 5:03 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • I believe the risk for SIDS ends at about 4 months. And since he rolls over hisself he should be fine, He's old enough to know to turn his head if he cant breathe.

    Answer by smnice at 6:12 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Just turn him back over when he cries. There isn't anything you can do about him turning over, except a sleep positioner, but he may refuse to sleep in it. If he can roll over, he should be fine sleeping on his tummy. My son refused to sleep on his back from birth, so he slept on his side. Now, at 4 months, he rotates between his sides and tummy, and occasionally, on his back. If I can get him on his back, that's how I keep him. Of course, just keep any blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, bumpers, etc out of the crib.

    Answer by musicpisces at 6:35 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • The risk for SIDS continues up to age 2. After that it's called SUDS...Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome. (older kids and adults) Same thing, just no longer infants. It's rare, but hey...happens.

    After they learn to flip over, the risk for SIDS supposedly drops significantly. He's fine to leave on his belly if he chooses to sleep that way.

    Blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, bumpers, etc are risks for suffocation...suffocation is not SIDS.

    For the record, all three of my boys slept on their tummies from day one.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 7:51 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • I put my son in his footie pajamas so he stays warm and he has nothing in the bed with him so no worry there.

    Answer by hosein at 7:54 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • my lil one just started rolling too,she sleeps with me becouse of sids..and well i like having her where i can grab her too.i let her lay on her tummy for a minute then i roll her back over

    Answer by angelairelan at 8:20 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Rule of thumb is once they roll over. If they can roll over on their own, then they are more likely to move if they have trouble breathing or are uncomfortable.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:55 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Always lay him down on his back and if he rolls over by himself thats fine. My ds started that at about 4 months. I find him in all sorts of strange positions now. Sometimes he'll roll on his tummy with his butt up in the air.

    Answer by sbastille at 9:39 AM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • my son has been sleeping on his tummy since he was 4-5 weeks old.. he also has been sleeping thru the night since then too.. oh and i should mention, it helped with his gas problem, and i had the OK from his Ped. I know the whole campaign back to sleep works for SIDS, but like my doctor said, its your choice.. i think once a baby learns to roll over, no matter which position you put them in, they will find one that suits them.. now that our boy is a roller, he sleeps on his back lol go figure

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 2:35 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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