Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep on His Back

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Less than a decade ago, parents were told that infants should sleep on their tummies. As research and studies indicated that infants sleeping on their tummy were at an increased risk for SIDS, the recommendations quickly changed, and many campaigns were launched to ensure that new parents knew the proper sleeping position. Evidence was conclusive that babies were safer and should always be put to sleep lying on their backs.

As a new parent, it is normal to worry; so you place your baby in their crib every night, on their back. Most of the time, you will wake to check on them and find that they are in the same position they were when you left them. Then, one night as you check on them, before you head off to bed, they are laying on their belly, sleeping soundly. It is a scary feeling, and suddenly everything you have ever learned about sleep positioning is being tested.

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  1. Avatar of Marlon Marlon says:

    i allow tummy time sleep only when someone is watching….

  2. Avatar of katherine katherine says:

    My baby loves sleeping on his tummy if i place him on his back he wont stop crying!

  3. Avatar of Tasha Tasha says:

    My son is 4mths & still doesn’t like sleeping on his back.

  4. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    does anybody have a baby that likes being swaddled? my babies complained and hated their arms not being out

  5. Avatar of Aimee Aimee says:

    This is something that really does scare me! I’m always afraid that I’ll hurt them somehow.

  6. My children slept whatever way the wanted. I was just happy they were asleep.

  7. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    I heard the best ways to keep the baby from crying and sleep well at night is to do the 5 S: swaddling, shushing sound, swinging, side/slanted, and sucking notion.

  8. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    my newborn wakes up every time i lay him on his back in his crib

  9. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    good article, mine too would rather sleep on their tummies- until 3, now they sleep on their back

  10. Avatar of qboyce qboyce says:

    I know all my kids at just days old roll over to sleep on their stomachs. The first month I’m the mom that is up every half hour to an hour putting them back on their backs. None of sugguestions named in this article worked for me. I am the proud mom of twin girls who are four, a son that is two , and a two week old son (who doesn’t like to sleep on his back for nothing)

  11. Avatar of ana jasper ana jasper says:

    How long can you swaddle them for?

  12. Avatar of Kellie Kellie says:

    My older daughter is 19m and she sleeps on her tummy with her butt in the air and my 4m old just learned to roll over like a week and a half ago and now she does it all the time and she screams if you try to stop her! lol

  13. Avatar of Angela Angela says:

    I let my baby sleep on her side. That is the only comfortable way that she will sleep. I’ve turned her on her back once she is asleep, and then a couple minutes later she wakes up only to turn back on her side. I am happy that she is doing good and that she sleeps how she is comfortable.

  14. Avatar of Tiffany Tiffany says:

    i read that if they can flip back to tummy and tummy to back, its ok if they sleep on their tummies

  15. Avatar of Claudia Claudia says:

    I allow my son to sleep how he in comfortable, now that he’s almost 7 months I lay him in on his bed [with his pillow because that's what helps him sleep] on his back and his head at the top of the crib and 2 minutes later when I check on him he’s on his tummy at the other end of the crib. Babies move it’s what they do, and normally if they are able to move no problem they should be alright to sleep, simply my opinion. I understand those who want to be more careful and I say be so I just have noticed my sons pattern and he’s happy. That’s what matters.

  16. It is nerve wrecking because they tell you it’s bad for your baby but that’s how they want to sleep and keep turning themselves. I roll her back and go to bed but every time I check on her she is on her tummy

  17. Avatar of meredith meredith says:

    Mine is a roller too, he makes me so nervous!

  18. my daughter would always turn to her tummy since she started rolling over, it drove me crazy, now she wont stay in the same position for long

  19. Avatar of happymommy happymommy says:

    my son will only fall asleep on his side and refuses to sleep on his back if he rolls on his back then most of the time he’ll wake up

  20. Avatar of marylove marylove says:

    My oldest son refused to sleep on his back… The closest I could get him was his side, but that was only 1/8 of the time… I talked to my mom about it because like most new moms it scared me. She told me the same thing. If he rolls to his stomach but is sleeping, just be happy he is happy! He is 4 now and still sleeps on his stomach, just like me!

  21. Avatar of markala markala says:

    good article but my little one keeps rolling over

  22. Avatar of Brenda Brenda says:

    Great article! Thanks for the tips!!

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