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  1. victoria says:

    hi my 4.5 month old baby started to roll from her back to belly 3 days ago. I wanted to check whether this can affect her energy levels as she seems to tire a lot faster and would fall a sleep at shorter intervals i.e. previously she sleeps every 2 hours now she will be very tired by 1.5 hours

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Victoria,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! It’s so great that your daughter is learning to roll! When a baby acquires any new skill, we do often see some additional tiredness, so what you’re describing can be normal. I hope this helps!

  2. Jen says:

    My 4 month old has been rolling over and sleeping on her tummy for about a month now. 2 days ago, she just remembered she knows how to roll from tummy to back too and has started doing this in her sleep. The problem is she prefers to sleep on her tummy. She can only roll from tummy to back and back to tummy one way ( meaning she can only roll to her left and not the other way) so when she rolls from tummy to back, she tries to roll from back to tummy again but runs out of room and wakes up and cries. I had to go in and move her 2 times last night, 3 times the night before. She will usually go back down, but it is still frustrating. Any suggestions?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Jen – Thanks for writing to us about your 4 month old! We know that this time can be tough, especially when baby is practicing her new-found, or new-remembered skills all night! Things should smooth out, once she has mastered this, and doesn’t “need” to practice all night! Give her plenty of time/opportunity during her awake times, to practice these skills too, to help her get good at this. You can help her to roll both to the left and to the right too! Hopefully things will smooth out very quickly! Good luck Jen, and please feel free to contact us at any time if you’d like more help!

  3. hi I have a 4-month-old baby who loves to roll over to his belly while he sleeps I’m just worried he will breathe in his own breath while we sleeping at night

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi Jaye – Thanks for writing about your baby rolling over in his sleep! You may want to ask your baby’s doctor to see if he’s ready to be sleeping on his stomach. If he’s not ready, use some of our tips form this page to help! Good luck Jaye!

  4. Karen Kumar says:

    Hi there my 4 month old baby would roll over and try to sleep on her stomach unfortunately she is unable to roll on her back and I’m very worry to leave her on her stomach and she will cry and try to roll back again on her stomach what should I do

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Karen – Thanks for writing to us, and I know how worrisome it can be when baby starts rolling over in her sleep! For information just for your little one and her development, please talk to her pediatrician. Keep putting baby down to sleep on her back, and and use the tips on this page! Hang in there, and know that this will not last forever. She’ll be rolling both ways very soon! You can practice rolling back over during her awake time too, to help her get there! Good luck!

  5. Kayla says:

    My baby will be 3 months Tuesday and he already knows how to roll over . It is very scary . I lay him on his back and he likes to roll over on his tummy in his sleep .(I think he likes it that way ) but it scares me so I roll him over in the middle of the night every night. But when I give him tummy time , he doesn’t like it . I’m scared and confused ..help?

    • Neosha says:

      @Kayla – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. This can be a scary time indeed, though it, too, shall pass! Back to sleep is the general recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some babies do start rolling over at such a young age and recommendations from pediatricians can be mixed. Some recommend rolling baby back over and others recommend leaving your baby to sleep this way especially if the baby is a bit older with proper neck control and can roll back. You should reach out to your child’s healthcare provider to see his/her recommendation for your little guy. Best of luck!

  6. Selene Alfaro says:

    My little one is 4 months old and just mastered rolling on her tummy. She rolls over and won’t flip back by herself so therefore we have to go get her and turn her back but it’s scary. How can get her to stop rolling?

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Selene Alfaro, thanks for writing to us, I’m happy to help. This milestone while is an important one, can definitely be scary when it is related to sleep, but thankfully it won’t last long before she’s able to roll herself back the other way so you do not have to worry that she wouldn’t have the strength to keep her head up. I would recommend that if you are swaddling her, that you stop or begin transitioning her out of it by swaddling with her arms out so she is able to easily lift her head if she rolls during sleep. Here is a link about how to transition out of the swaddle: https://www.babysleepsite.com/newborns/swaddling-how-to-when-to-stop/
      During the day I’d also suggest lots of tummy time! That will build those muscles so she will eventually learn to roll from tummy to back, which I would guess would come quickly. If she hates it, maybe try getting her some interesting and colorful toys, and getting down there with her and talking to her. I personally also liked to roll my kids back and forth during tummy time to help them understand what the goal was. 🙂 Hang in there, this will be over soon as she continues to grow and figure this out. Let us know if you need anything else!

  7. Olivia Cooke says:

    My 4 month old is a tummy sleeper and has slept 12 hours at night since she was 2 months old (I sleep train my babies). She’s begun rolling from her tummy to her back at random hours of the night, and I would love to just let her play with herself back to sleep… However she screams for over an hour without us going in and rolling her back over to her tummy (where sometimes she’ll fall back asleep or she will just roll over again, even with blanket tucking around her) . Any help you could give to teach her to fall back asleep without screaming for over an hour? She sleeps in the room with our 2 year old (thankfully she sleeps through most of the fussing) but is sometimes woken up way earlier than she should be.

    • Neosha says:

      @Olivia – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. Babies rolling during sleep and waking themselves (and their parents) can be extremely frustrating and exhausting. We know your pain! Unfortunately, there’s no real cure for this and no huge reason for you not to help her roll back on her tummy if that helps calm her down (other than the frustrating and exhausting point I mentioned!). This, generally, is a short-term problem thankfully. Please keep safety in mind if there are blankets in her sleeping space as loose blankets can be quite a hazard. I hope this helps, Olivia. Hang in there!

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