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My baby REFUSES to sleep on her back! Pistol Annie☆ 2 kids; Houston, TX, United States 12634 posts
11th Jan '08

Ok, I'm at the end of my rope here. I know that babies are never supposed to sleep on thier stomach because of SIDS and suffication, but my baby will not sleep on her back! The only time she will lay down for more then 30 seconds and sleep is if she is in the swing, car seat, or sleeping on my stomach. At first I thought it was just the contact that she was craving by laying on my stomach, but it's not.. It's that she is laying on HER stomach. Today I did an experiment by laying her on her back and then on her stomach. When she layed on her back it was the usual 30 seconds followed by screaming; when I layed her on her stomach she fell fast asleep and has been that way ever since (an hour). However, I am worried about suffication so I won't stray from her crib, I feel the need to watch her (thank God for laptops)..
So what do I do? Should I just let her sleep on her stomach or what? She can't live in the swing and in the car seat and she has to get some sleep and so do I!!!

blue.frog 1 child; Alberta 1326 posts
11th Jan '08

my babe is the same way, hes been sleeping on his stomach for naps and at night since he was about 7 weeks old, hes 4 months now andhes fine

Hannahs Mommy 1 child; Arizona 911 posts
11th Jan '08

My husband an I are getting this monitor:



http://www.thebabyoutlet.com/Level3.asp?Page=3505

It monitors movement and breathing (my husband had APNEA as an infant) and alerts you if nothing is detected for more than 20 seconds. Then you would have more peace of mind if she did stop breathing the monitor would alert you

Everybody ♥s Becca 2 kids; Iowa 13379 posts
11th Jan '08

Have you tried her side? Roll up blankets to put on either side of her to keep her from rolling. Might solve both the sleeping and the worring.

KelsnJack'smom 3 kids; Arkansas 4741 posts
11th Jan '08

You know what? My little girl spent many nights in her carseat,lol.. she was comfortable in it so we did it like that. After they get to where they can roll from back to stomach it's okay for them to sleep on their stomach..(it probably is okay anyway but you know all these crazy rules these days).. anyway, newborns feel more secure in small spaces..they're like cats or something,lol..and on her stomach she probably feels like someone is holding her. Try the carseat thing for a little while and see how it works! Just set it next to your bed like you would the bassinet.

MamaJulia 2 kids; Oregon 2428 posts
11th Jan '08

I was also going to mention the angelcare baby monitor i want one so bad they look awesome! Some babies just have a preference.

thamoon [GDS] 2 kids; Ames, Iowa 2698 posts
11th Jan '08

my first would only sleep on her stomach too. we fought it until she was 4 months old, had many sleepless nights. but then, she learned to roll over, so she would just flip herself over. she is going on 5 years old now, and still sleeps on her tummy. some kids just like tummy better, i think. and the apnea monitors are great, very handy if you just decide to give in and have a tummy sleeper

jaela's♥mommy {BBM} 1 child; Lewisville, Texas 10628 posts
11th Jan '08

My niece was like that too. she slept on her stomach from the time she was a couple week old til she got old enough to start rolling over on her own. she 4 now and perfect!! just make sure that there arent any blankets, toys, or pillows by your baby's face and you might want to take off the bumper pad too.

KelsnJack'smom 3 kids; Arkansas 4741 posts
11th Jan '08
Quoting Kelseybelle's mom:
momtothree 3 kids; North Carolina 154 posts
11th Jan '08

Both of my children preferred belly to back. They slept that way until they started rolling over by themselves and they are now 5 and 2. I can't wait to see if this one wants to take after there big brother and sister lol

Pistol Annie☆ 2 kids; Houston, TX, United States 12634 posts
11th Jan '08

I'm definatly going to pick up one of those monitors because I just don't want to fight her anymore on the back sleeping thing. I think she has gas or something and it just makes her really uncomfortable to sleep on her back.. She makes a grimace and just screams bloody murder! I want my princess to be comfortable, and hey, I slept on my stomach when I was a baby because at the time that was the "in" thing to do. So many rules with the babies that are constantly changing it's hard to know what's right and what's wrong anymore!

Yamie Due August 9 (girl); 50 kids; Silverdale, Washington 1875 posts
11th Jan '08

my daughter is only 6 weeks old and shes been sleeping on her belly and side. she hates sleeping on her back. what i usto do is observe her at night when i couldnt sleep because i was too worried that she might die.. hehe.. but it turns out when shes turning her head and she feels like she cant breathe, she pops up her head and turns it completely(sp?) to the other side.i still wake up like every 5 mins or so just to be on thesafe side, but i am getting better at trusting her. and if she cant turn shell just start making noises. i make sure though that everything is away from her face. and the blanket on which she lays is completely flat.

EastonsMom TTC since Feb 2014; 1 child; Winston-Salem, North Carolina 30966 posts
11th Jan '08

My son has slept on his belly since about 5 weeks old and he's 5 months old. I think as long as your little one has good head control that it should be ok. I know doctors say that's a "no-no" but after 4-5 weeks of no sleep, I said screw it.

FleurDeLys 3 kids; Groton, Massachusetts 9150 posts
11th Jan '08

My little girl has slept on her tummy since about 3 weeks. Until then my husband and I had been taking shifts at night because she would only sleep on our chests for any length of time. It sucked because she was (and still is!) the noisiest sleeper and plus I never got to sleep with my husband! The AngelCare monitor is the best because I can let her sleep with no worries which means I can sleep. I am so much saner now than most moms I talk to.

ames 2 kids; South Carolina 92 posts
11th Jan '08

hey!! my daughter was the same way from the time she was 1 month until 2 weeks ago....she's 4 months old now....she wouldnt sleep on her back at all...she has to sleep on her tummy or on top of us...and it was getting ridiculous...so 2 weeks ago we decided to put her in her crib in her own room and set her down on her back. surprisingly she slept pretty well and shes been like that since...so it might be just a phrase for ur daughter too...PM me if you need anything