Before we launch into this week's post, we wanted to add a reminder that current safe sleep guidelines recommend babies are placed on to their backs for sleep- and since these guidelines were introduced, the cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have fallen, and experts agree that the advice has helped.
But what do we do when baby starts to roll on to the tummy during sleep? Here are a few simple guidelines to follow.
Why babies roll on to their tummy
Quite simply, your baby rolls onto the tummy because they can! A new trick has been discovered and your little one wants to practise. When this happens, your baby is likely to wake up a little more too, since all that rolling about not only disturbs sleep, but also leads on to more movement, such as sitting and pulling up. Similarly, when your baby is practising rolling, they may spend a little longer doing this when they first goes down to bed too, so don't be surprised if they take longer to fall asleep.
Yes, its easier said than done, but do try to relax if this happens. Safe sleep guidelines are there to give you the knowledge you need to keep your baby as safe as possible while they are asleep. Placing your baby onto the back for sleep is very important, especially for younger babies who are not able to roll. Babies that can roll are going to do that, no matter what you do. You cannot stop them from rolling in their sleep. In fact, some babies roll around the crib so much that you would be up and down all night trying to re-position them! The most important thing you can do here is to relax and accept that now your baby can roll onto her tummy, there is little you can do to stop them. As long as you keep a close eye and are on hand to re-position if you feel its necessary there is little else you can do.
Always lay your baby on the back to sleep
When you put your baby to bed, always lay them down on her back. After that, if they moves you can re-position them when they wakes, but as already mentioned there is little you can to to stop them from rolling back again. Make sure that you remove any swaddle blankets (if you use them) and always ensure there is no loose bedding and no toys in the crib too.
This is a normal development!
As already mentioned, there is little you can do to stop your baby from rolling on to the tummy. This is all a normal part of baby development, and a phase that may not last long at all. Some babies grow into tummy sleepers, some revert back to their back. We're all unique individuals after all. However, if you find that your baby is not happy on the tummy but cannot quite roll back again (it happens) then by all means pop in and roll them back again. Your baby will let you know they needs you, so no need to keep watch just in case! And as with many phases in your baby's development, you can expect this one to last around 2-3 weeks- so deep breath, and repeat after me: this too shall pass.