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  1. princess says:

    princess doesnt like to sleep on her tummy bcos she usually over feed,when she does she throws almost everything she had eaten. she prefers to play on her tummy when she is awake but i think now she is getting tired of sleeping side to side and on her back.she is 4months and 2weeks.She also wants me in bed with her especially at night time,if i am not she crys and as soon as i lay with she sleeps,we do get better sleep when we are close to her.

  2. Amanda says:

    Nicole, you were right that Jasmine would probably sleep better when she got used to sleeping on her tummy – she does. Things are not perfect yet – she still wakes and protests for a few minutes for about two out of three nights – but things are a LOT better. Last night was the second one in a week where she did not wake at all from 7pm until 6am. Other nights she stirs and cries for a few minutes but then goes right back to sleep. I only go in to her now if the crying is persistent and forceful as I know she is trying to tell me that she wants to get back onto her back and can’t make it. Usually I turn her over and she rolls back onto her tummy and sleeps peacefully again within minutes anyway! She is 7 months old, and I would still never put her down on to her tummy as the warnings still make me nervous about this, but when she chooses to roll over herself, then we all have a much better sleep.

  3. Jenn says:

    Great article. We were in the “won’t sleep on his back” boat. Our first was a very fussy baby and he would literally cry for hours as a newborn when put on his back to sleep. At some point he might fall asleep , only to awaken screaming a few minutes later. Sometimes he’d get so worked up that he’d start spitting up and sounded like he was choking on that. So we had to decide which was the lesser of 2 evils. He would sleep better while laying on me, so we tried putting on his stomach. It wasn’t a miracle cure, but it definitely helped. He soon started sleeping for longer stretches and was less fussy during the day because he wasn’t so tired.
    When my daughter came along 2 years later (with a similar temperament and difficulty getting to sleep) I almost automatically put her on her stomach. She still struggles with sleep at 9 months but I am confident that it would be much worse if we had kept trying to put her on her back as well.
    I am thankful that both of them are healthy. I checked them extensively every time I put them down on their tummies to sleep because I was nervous about the SIDS risk.

    • Kimberly says:

      Thanks for chiming in, Jenn. Sounds like this was a workable solution for you and your family.

  4. kimberly says:

    @Sarah- Yours is a prime example of how each child and their preferences and needs are unique and how a one size approach does NOT fit all. Happy to hear that your son is flourishing.

    @azleena Sounds like tummy sleeping did indeed work out well for you and that your son was destined to be an early mover & shaker!

    @Amber- I agree with you both that your twins probably did sleep better on their back being swaddled and also that often, parents do give up working with swaddling too soon just because it seems like baby doesn’t like it. I know that was the case with us and my son. But we kept at it!

  5. Amber says:

    My twins slept well on their backs, but I think it is because they were swaddled. I think a lot of parents give up on swaddling too quickly. Many babies will naturally fight swaddling, but it calms them down eventually.

  6. azleena says:

    I put DS to sleep on his tummy when he was a few weeks old. He just would NOT sleep for long on his back – like 20 minutes! But he had a really strong neck and good control. I did observe him sleeping on his tummy during naps for a few days before I put him to sleep on his tummy at night. He did sleep longer and better on his tummy. He loved tummy-time – he was commando crawling at 2 month old!

  7. Sarah says:

    Jane was put on her back but she started rolling at 4 months, so she was on her tummy after that. Malcolm had horrible reflux and couldn’t seem to sleep lying down. We tried him on his side for a while and eventually put him on his tummy around 2 months. He was able to sleep a little better. I was a complete nervous wreck for weeks, but he did have good head control. He’s a happy, healthy 16 month old today! 🙂

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