15Baby Always Sleeps On Tummy
As new parents we are brain washed with the knowledge that baby should never sleep on his tummy. Numerous international studies have proven, time and time again, that putting baby on his back to sleep will greatly reduce the chances of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). So we follow
instructions and place baby on his back during the night and during naps, all the while making sure he is breathing properly.
But what if baby categorically refuses to fall asleep on his back? It makes sense. Imagine how baby feels; he was in a fetal position for so long, then cuddled in your arms, and suddenly set on his back, in such a vulnerable position. What if he loves his tummy time, and will only close his eyes if he is put in this position that apparently makes him feel at ease, but that is so dangerous for him during sleep time?
If your baby does not like sleeping on his back he will let you know loud and clear. Don't you sometime just wish you could explain things to him? "Hey little guy, you have to sleep on your back because you can otherwise stop breathing."
Why it is damaging:
According to Heath Canada, the peak risk for SIDS is around 2-4 months of age, and 95% of cases occur before 6 months. So if baby wants to sleep on his tummy, a 12 month mark would be the safest to keep in mind.
As parents, we are well aware of the risks, but what can we do about it?
What you can do:
- keep baby on his back when holding him in your arms
- put him on his tummy and gently turn him over when he is in a deep sleep
- it is possible to place baby on his tummy during naps if he is supervised
- swaddle baby to limit free movement (not too tight!)
- once baby rolls over on his own, there is little that can be done during the night except remove all blanket and padding from the crib