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Tummy Sleeping

AHHH I KNOW! Even seeing the words “tummy sleeping” sends any new mom into a state of panic, right?? It’s like a forbidden, taboo topic. I debated even putting this out there for fear of CPS coming to my house, but I just want to see if I’m alone here.
My 10 week old sleeps pretty well at night (always on her back) in her bassinet. However, we haven’t found a place where she’ll sleep consistently for daytime naps! Seems like wherever we put her (bassinet, swing, bouncer) she’ll wake up crying after about 10 minutes.
A couple weeks ago my mom (who obviously had kids before the “Back to Sleep” campaign hit) tried putting her down in her crib on her tummy, and I’ll be darned if she didn’t sleep like that for 2 solid hours. A perfect nap! Of course, those were the most terrifying hours of my life, I think I sat there watching her the whole time to make sure she was breathing.
Has anyone else had experience with this?? Why is it that she seemed so relaxed and comfortable on her tummy? We’ve tried the tummy nap a few times since (only during the day so someone is always around to watch her) and she sleeps beautifully. Should we stop?

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  1. I have heard from a lot of moms that their babies sleep better on their tummies. Regardless, I NEVER recommend that they put them to sleep that way. While tummy time is great and necessary while they are awake, it can be dangerous and potentially fatal during sleep. It’s not worth the risk for a couple hours of a good solid nap. If you continue to put her on her back, she will soon learn to soothe herself and her naps will become longer as she begins to fall into a routine. In a couple of months, she will be rolling all over the crib, but in the meantime I urge you to keep her on her back to sleep!

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    1. Thanks for getting back on this one 🙂 I was hesitant to do it in the first place, so from now on we’ll just put her down on her back! She has been getting better with self-soothing, as long as she can find her thumb!

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  2. You know forbidden, taboo topics are what parenting groups are all about, right!? Dr. Kristie has a good point about the self-soothing. Things will start to get easier soon with sleep. And if you’re desperate, try letting her nap in the swing? Many babies love it and nap well, and you wouldn’t have to deal with the paranoia and risk that comes with tummy sleeping.

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    1. True 🙂 I just felt like I would get judged so harshly!! But I actually feel a lot better having put it out there and asked 🙂

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    2. I like to think Bundoo is a judgment-free zone. 😉

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  3. I would place my twins to nap on their tummies at around a 2 months old and I mainly did it because I had this ridiculous fear of them getting misshaped heads, luckily my girls would never fall asleep so that routine didn’t last past a couple of days, and I was with them the whole time.

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    1. You know, I just noticed a slightly flatter spot on my daughter’s head the other day. Nothing too noticeable but I think it’s there. Hoping it doesn’t get too pronounced- because we finally found a position in which she sleeps well, and I’m not moving it!!

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    2. Don’t worry, once she starts moving around and rolling over, that flat spot will go away. Just practice lots of tummy time during the day when she is awake.

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  4. OK Holly, here’s the deal! No one will ever tell you want you want to hear. But I will! I was a post partum, mother-baby, what ever you want to call it nurse for 7 years. I delivered my son at the the same hospital I worked in and I put my baby to sleep on his belly from the start. I knew all the nurses that cared for us and they new me. I was fully educated and I even taught many of the “Baby Care” classes the hospital provided. My son would not sleep on his back. I tried. I tried to do the “right” thing. It just didnt work for us. Since SIDS is real thing, but cant really be explained as to why it happens, it made sense to me to put a fan on in the room. I feel SIDS is related to re-breathing CO2. Just an opinion. So if the fan is on it circulates the air. My son is 5 and all is well. Good Luck!!!!

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    1. Oh and Dr Rivers, please dont kill me!!!!!!

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    2. Don’t worry, it’s not my place to judge. My job both here and with my patients is to provide medical info so parents can make their own informed decisions. Thanks for being so honest!

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    3. Thanks Michele!! We’ve moved away from tummy sleeping for the time being (I found putting her down for naps in the swaddle worked just as well as the tummy) but I think once she starts rolling over she might return there all on her own. I’m glad to see I’m not alone!!

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