C. asks from Brandon, FL on December 04, 2006
4 Month Old Rolling over on Stomach to Sleep
My 4 month just started rolling over on his stomach in his sleep. I've seen him roll from his stomach to his back, but some days he seems to have forgotten how to do this. I'm so paranoid about SIDS - is there anything I can do about this?
G.L. answers from Tampa on December 05, 2006
I would not worry about it. My 15 month old has always slept on his stomach, as a matter of fact when he was very young he would instantly wake up if he was put to bed on his back. It just is more comfortable to them sometimes
K.V. answers from Tampa on December 04, 2006
It is exciting that your son is rolling over!! I have read that by the time the child has enough control to lift his head and roll over that the danger decreases. I would do everything else that you can to make sure he is safe...no blankets or toys or stuffed animals in his crib, snug-fitted clothing, and safe mattress etc. I don't think there is much you can do about him rolling over at night. Your son will figure it out soon!! Good Luck. K.
L.B. answers from Tampa on December 05, 2006
I would not worry to much. This is the way my daughter would fall asleep- and sleep thru the night and thru nap time.
I was very worried about SIDS so I was constantly checking her but everything was okay. I have also heard that if your baby is strong enough to roll you should be okay.
Just relax a little and enjoy both of your kids.
Best of luck and Merry Christmas!
J.M. answers from Tampa on December 06, 2006
I wouldn't worry too much about SIDS at this stage. SIDS is most likely to occur in infants between 0-4 months of age, due to the fact that they CAN'T roll over & lack the neck strength to lift up. Since your son is rolling over to this position, he can easily lift his head (younger babies cannot therefore SIDS may occur).
My daughter has been sleeping on her stomach since she was born (9months now). She was very adament about sleeping in this position. We kept a very close eye on her & when she started sleeping in her own room, we always had the monitor on to hear her breathing.
But eventually, we found that everything was fine & this was just her position of choice.
But speak with your Pediatrician about your concerns, even if it's just to alleviate your fears. Hope this helps...Happy Holidays!
B.B. answers from Jacksonville on December 05, 2006
I used a sleep positioner with my daughter that helped her stay asleep on her back. A child is at risk of SIDS from sleeping on their belly unless they can pull up there head etc and I would think with a 4 mth old it would be alot safer to try someway to keep him on his back. Also, a friend of mine bought something that you put under the mattress that alters her if the baby stops breathing etc because her daughter would never sleep on her back from birth. I am not sure what it was called but it worked great for them. Good Luck!
H.S. answers from Tampa on December 06, 2006
My son did this when he was about 4 months as well. I bought a video monitor. They also make monitors that show you body heat (I don't remember where) but they are handy tools. When my son did this I made sure there were no loose blankets or pillows in his bed. I put a onesie and a full "jammies" on him so that he would stay warm, but until he was older I didn't let him have a blanket or anything. The only other thing I can think of is to go in at night after he is asleep and flip him back over. I tried that for a while too and he would eventually end up back on his belly, but it might work for you.
B.J. answers from Pensacola on December 11, 2006
They recently found that SIDS is neurological...something in the brain. They don't know if these things "prevent" SIDS or not. They are just taking wild guesses. IMO, if your baby feels comfortable sleeping on his/her stomache than let him. DS and my friend's child would spit up in the middle of the night on their backs and start choking, never moving thier heads to let the spit come out of their mouth. For me, I'd be more worried about a child choking on their back and not hearing it while I was sleeping than SIDS on their front. If you are that worried there are monitors which I've heard only work 50% of the time and there are those wedges but I know my son by 2 months was too active for those, rolled right over them so I'm sure your 4 month old will too. Once they can roll over themselves they "say" that SIDS isn't a big threat.
M.H. answers from Sarasota on December 06, 2006
My friend has the baby monitor that alerts you if they stop moving/breathing and she says it works great. It really only goes off if something is unusual, I was worried that it would constantly be alerting you for no reason. But overall, don't worry too much about it. Try a sleep positioner and if it doesn't work, just let him be. Once my son rolled from his back to his front, it was like he totally forgot how to roll from his front to his back. I don't know why they do that, but they do! Just don't have anything else in his crib and I'm sure he will be fine.
J.I. answers from Sarasota on December 04, 2006
I was told by my pediatrician that once my baby was strong enough to roll over that I would not have to worry if he rolled over in the middle of the night. He chose to sleep on his belly. I just had to make sure that all the bedding was snug and that nothing was in his crib with him.