B.L. asks from Katy, TX on July 02, 2007
Is a Wedge Necessary for Newborn?
Hi- my sister-in-law is expecting her first baby in August, and she asked me if she should get one of those sleeping wedges for her baby- that thing that's supposed to prevent the baby from rolling over onto his stomach. I have two little boys, aged 22 months and 3 months, and I didn't use the wedge for either of them. I was just wondering if this wedge is a good idea? I'm not sure if it's something I should have used or if it isn't necessary.
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Thank you so much for all of your responses! This site is great resource- I'm learning so much. I guess I should have thought about just rolling up a receiving blanket if it becomes necessary. The breathable bumpers sound cool, too! Thanks, everyone!
B.H. answers from Lakeland on July 05, 2007
I was given one with my 2nd daughter and never used it. I actually put mine on their stomachs. I know they say not to, but I felt more nervous laying them on their backs than their stomachs.
A. answers from Lakeland on July 03, 2007
Are you talking about the triangle shaped piece that makes the baby not lie compoletley flat on his back, or the flat one that has something on either side of the baby that stops him from rolling over? The one about the baby not lying flat is a wedge, but the other one is called a sleep positioner or something like that. I do beleive they are two different things, unless they combined them.
M.A. answers from Orlando on July 03, 2007
Hi B.! We used breathable bumpers, which basically does the same thing. I think they are by First Years. We loved them because our son was a roller from the beginning and we were worried he'd roll onto his stomach and suffocate.
Also, he had reflux in the beginning, so we could angle him slightly on his side. Not only did this prevent him from choking on his spit up, but it also prevented him from getting the flat head that is so common these days. He used the bumpers until he was big enough and strong enough to roll over them.
Hope this helps! Take care!
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K.K. answers from Boca Raton on July 02, 2007
We didn't use one either. The way I saw it was that once she could roll over onto her belly, she was able to pick up her head so she wouldn't be face down in the mattress. Plus rolling one way usually means rolling back is coming soon anyway. I think it's really just a matter of preference. If you want a professional opinion, pediatricians are really great to ask - mine is always really helpful.
P.S. answers from Miami on July 03, 2007
I got a wedge and thought it was really dumb until the past week. My now 5 month old rolls over and would bury her face into a position that was uncomfortable and difficult to breath. I now am using the wedge. I think it is one of those things that depends on your baby. Mine is a mover. She can't hold still. The wedge keeps her on her back so she can sleep safely.
B.R. answers from Orlando on July 02, 2007
NO! No reason to spend a little extra money for that. I've never heard of anyone ever using one of those. My son is almost 22 months and he's slept on a flat matress all his life. And all is good. But that is just me.
L.S. answers from Miami on July 02, 2007
I don't think it is necessary, but personally, I really liked using it. I used it for my son and for my newborn (that is only 5 days old) I think it helps them to not throw up after eating but also the triangle supports keep them in place and on their side (which is my preferred position for sleeping). My first son barely threw up at all, so far my daughter has been doing good as well. I think it helps them breath better too, but I don't know if that is a fact or not, just my own observation. If you want me to send you some pictures of them sleeping with one I can, just e-mail me direct.
K.M. answers from Melbourne on July 02, 2007
Hi! I never used one, actully the information I was given on them said they were more of a hazard than a help. Then again they always change their minds!!!!!!! Anyway I never used on because once they can roll from back to belly they can usually go from belly to back. Good luck!
M.W. answers from Orlando on July 03, 2007
I have two boys ages 7 and 8 years old now ( 15 months apart) ( my how time flies!!!) With response to your question on the wedge, it isnt "necessary" but it is a great idea for preventing an infant from rolloing over on his/her stomach or side and possibly suffocating(sp) itself with a blanket or whatever you might have in the crib/bassinet. I used the wedge with both my sons from the moment they came home to the age of 5 months. The reasoning behind the use of it immedietly was so they would be used to it from the start...... I stopped using it at about 5-6 months of age b/c at this point they are actually strong enough to lift their head up if they cant breathe and also at this point they are very mobile, (turning and such) and then it (the wedge) poses a threat as a foreign object, Hope this helps!!!!! PS. Love those moments with the little dudes as "babies", as before you know it, they are big boys, still our babies in our hearts......... but truly not babies anymore!!!! :o) PS/ The older they get the "fun" changes and you'll see how they will be each others best friends at times and other times worst enemies!!!! Mostly best friends b/c of how close in age they are....... And yes, it will always be like "having twins!!!!! Just wait the older they get , they start becoming the same weight almost and same height and the question every where you go , will be....."Are they twins?" It becomes comical after awhile!!!!!
T.S. answers from Lakeland on July 03, 2007
Sleep wedge--no you don't need one, BUT a sleep positioner, the one that elevates baby is a MUST (in my opinion) if the child has acid reflux as did my son. He choked up three times in the middle of the night--until I found out he had acid reflux and the doctor recommended one. It is probably something you can wait on until you know for sure. Good luck...