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“Just wondering if you could ask every one for me.. The only way my bub falls asleep is if she’s on her tummy . Is it ok for her to sleep on her tummy in the bassinet during the day while I constantly check on her? What should I do for night time?”

Posted by Kiara, 23/05/2013

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  • My sister in laws second child who was a premmie , slept on her stomach a lot of times and sleeps well. My sister in law used to keep an eye out on her in the living room ( so she was either on the floor or in a small cot in the living room ) . Mine never did and medical experts advise against it . I think for newborns it is very risky especially when they cant even lift up their heads .


  • Both my babies were tummy sleepers


  • mine always does! I have a monitor alarm though for peace of mind


  • I know it’s not recommended but my bub was prem and they had him on his tummy in the prem ward (albeit with monitors) and we continued at home because that is how he slept best.


  • My youngest son was (is) a tummy sleeper. From the time he was born, if I laid him on his back to sleep he would wake up instantly but roll him on his tummy and he would go straight to sleep. Even if he was completely asleep and I rolled him over he would wake.
    I spoke to my doctor about it and said the only way I can get sleep is by him sleeping on his tummy. I made sure there was no toys in his cot and his face was always uncovered and I got one of the breathing monitors so if he stopped breathing the monitor would go off. (and that only ever happened when we would get him out the cot and walk away and forget to turn it off lol).


  • NO, I was taught to place a tightly wrapped towel behind the baby so that she could not roll, and swaddle her with a muslin cloth so that she could not move, and was comforted, however this normally needs to start young so that it is a habit that to sleep they need to be swaddled and propped with a towel, I found this very successful.


  • well if it’s the way she goes to sleep then that’s good that she is sleeping. have you tried to turn her over gently whilst she is sleeping? if not just keep an eye on her and it should be all good.


  • i want to say yes, but reasearch tells me to say no good luck hon


  • If you are really concerned you can get a angel care monitor that alerts you if they smother their face or stop breathing. It saves you having to keeping running into check and gives an extra peace of mind


  • Babies love to sleep on their tummies, you can help them do this safely by minimising the risks.


  • I put my baby on her belly from day one with no problems at all.
    You just need to make sure she has no bedding around her that could get in her way, not even a pillow. Just put her in a warm onesie if it’s a cold night and singlet and nappy if it’s a warm night. It helped her strengthen her neck muscles very quickly and never ever had any issues with hurting herself or being in danger.


  • Keep an eye on him and when he’s sleeping soundly flip him over.


  • just monitor closely – good luck


  • Even when my son was in a deep sleep and I turned him back onto his back, he would be rolled back on his tummy within a short amount of time.


  • keep an eye on him until he is in deep sleep, then turn him back. this is what i do with my child.


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