Did your baby just figure out how to roll over, and now she insists on sleeping on her belly? Very common. In fact, that's the only way Brianna sleeps now. It was the scariest thing to me at first. With the SIDS campaign scaring the living you know what out of me, I didn't know what to do. I spent many sleepless nights watching the monitor. She just kept rolling over. And I kept running into her room to flip her back. I was up all night! Once she discovered this wonderful new position, she refused to sleep on her back. And I was faced with, yet another dilemma!
So I decided to do a little research. I researched and emailed the American Academy of Pediatrics and the NICHD. Here are the facts according to the SIDS campaign: "Parents and caregivers should continue to place babies on their backs to sleep throughout the first year of life". "However, once infants are more developmentally advanced, they often roll over on their own. In this situation, when infants roll over on their own, there is no evidence that they need to be repositioned." "Rolling over is an important and natural part of your baby's growth. Most babies start rolling over on their own around 4 to 6 months of age. If your baby rolls over on his or her own during sleep, you do not need to turn the baby over onto his or her back. The important thing is that your baby starts every sleep time on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS, and that there is no soft, loose bedding in the baby's sleep area."
Many babies in fact, enjoy sleeping in this new found position. It's a little scary to see your baby sleep on her side or belly, but these recommendations are based on research that shows that this does not pose a risk, once your baby is able to get herself in that position.
Ok, great now I have my facts and I can finally sleep easy. Well it wasn't easy at first, I still watched the monitor like a mad women to see if she's breathing. I eventually saw that she was safe. She was rolling as she needed to. She didn't get stuck anywhere. Her nose was in clear view and not obstructed by anything...she was fine!