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My Newborn Sleeps On His Side

post #1 of 26
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At night, I nurse laying down, but when I do put him in the co-sleeper, he rolls over onto his side. My first concern is that i didn't know newborns could roll over. my second concern is SIDS--should i be worried that he chooses to sleep on his side?

ETA: regarding SIDS, is it fine for baby to sleep on his stomach if he's on top of mommy or daddy? I truly understand nothing about this SIDS thing!
post #2 of 26
I never did co-sleeping but my babies (3 so far) all slept on their tummies. I think if you are practicing safe co-sleeping, your baby being next to you will keep him protected. If you don't feel comfortable with that, you might try a wedge for his front and back.
post #3 of 26
I don't know any stats but my newborns always sleep tummy to tummy with me. Usually for a few days to a week but the last one did for about a month.

Sleeping on their sides is fine to, imo.
post #4 of 26
ds slept on his tummy, on us, and between us and next to us. Can be safe... for me there were two things that eased my mind... ds was a competant head turner/lifter from birth and I woke up all the time to check on him... my hormonal state had me sleeping really lightly.

I think when it comes to SIDS know yourself... and keep heavy bedding away from young babies
post #5 of 26
We've had a couple of preemies, and you learn in the NICU to put the babies on their sides, every other time left/right, heh. And with a blankie rolled up in front of their tummy, between their legs and behind their back to support them both in front and in back, and to keep them from rolling over on their tummy. So, we've done that and we've always co-slept. Just take the other precautions.
And kangaroo care is all about the baby sleeping bare skinned on their tummy, on moms/dads bare chest.
post #6 of 26
I'm going to edit your thread title... "My newborn sleeps."

PERFECT! Seriously, You are fine IMO.
post #7 of 26
We co-sleep and my now 5 month old has slept on his side, his tummy to my chest, with me since the day he was born. He would roll on to his side if I tried to lay him on his back. I think you're fine!
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by mysticmomma View Post
I'm going to edit your thread title... "My newborn sleeps."

PERFECT! Seriously, You are fine IMO.
Hahah! I couldn't have said it better!

When DD was a newborn, she also slept on her side or on her tummy. You are both fine. In addition, I think when a baby is sleeping on his or her mama or daddy they are in the safest place they can be (in regards to SIDS). The breathing, moving person they are on helps regulate their own breathing even as they sleep.
post #9 of 26
Baby can sleep in any position that GETS him sleep. Please remember, tummy sleeping (or side-sleeping) does not CAUSE sids - it's a mystery with no cause, no prevention, and no cure. And it's so incredibly pathetically rare that you don't need to lose sleep over it anyways. If baby sleeps better on side, go for it. All of mine slept on tummies from birth because they slept phenomenally that way. It's just as safe as the back.

Good luck!
post #10 of 26
My baby has also always slept on her side from the very beginning, I think I read that side sleeping is fine. I never really worried about it because she was right next to me.
post #11 of 26
Mine did too, for the first month or so consistenly rolled up onto her side to face me, even when she was side-carred in the co-sleeper. Pediatrician said it was fine.
post #12 of 26
My son has always slept on his side. I think its fine. My mom did say she'd never seen a baby do that before.
post #13 of 26
I remember being surprised when my three day old newborn wound up on her side (by herself napping in a bassinet). It happens, I guess.

As for cosleeping, I always felt safe sleeping with a newborn on my chest, but definitely follow your own instincts and have good safety precautions.
post #14 of 26
With my first, my midwife instructed us to put him on his side, with towels rolled in front and back to keep him there.
post #15 of 26
My ped recommended side sleeping (with rolled blankets) to help prevent the flat head thing that is so common now because of the Back to Sleep campaign.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by SandraS View Post
Baby can sleep in any position that GETS him sleep. Please remember, tummy sleeping (or side-sleeping) does not CAUSE sids - it's a mystery with no cause, no prevention, and no cure. And it's so incredibly pathetically rare that you don't need to lose sleep over it anyways. If baby sleeps better on side, go for it. All of mine slept on tummies from birth because they slept phenomenally that way. It's just as safe as the back.
I'm sorry, but that's just not true.
At least where we live now it is proved that sleeping on the tummy increases the risk of SIDS. Sleeping on the back decreases the risk.
(There are several other things that increases the risk too, like sleeping with smoking parents, seeping in a room that's too warm, sleeping under the same covers as the parent instead of having separate covers for the baby etc.)
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by pixiekisses View Post
I'm sorry, but that's just not true.
At least where we live now it is proved that sleeping on the tummy increases the risk of SIDS. Sleeping on the back decreases the risk.
(There are several other things that increases the risk too, like sleeping with smoking parents, seeping in a room that's too warm, sleeping under the same covers as the parent instead of having separate covers for the baby etc.)
What I said was absolutely correct. Tummy sleeping (or any position) does not CAUSE sudden infant death.

They are not sure what the risks are, so it is a slim possibility that back sleeping MAY reduce risks. Since infant mortality hasn't decreased since the BTS campaign, however, there are many schools of thought that the campaign has just spurred autopsies that have re-classified deaths to tracheal problems, heart defects, etc., but that's another story.

Tummy sleeping does NOT "cause" SIDS. That is my point. And it still stands that it is ridiculously rare and shouldn't be a worry anyways.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by mysticmomma View Post
I'm going to edit your thread title... "My newborn sleeps."

PERFECT! Seriously, You are fine IMO.
Exactly! If he naturally falls that way, and he's SLEEPING, go with it!
post #19 of 26
DS#1 hated being on his back at all, on his side was the only way he would sleep. If side sleeping works, go for it!
post #20 of 26
I can't find it online now (probably because it was presented in the last 2 months at an LLL conference), but Dr. McKenna, a sleep expert from Notre Dame who studies--and encourages!--co-sleeping and bedsharing said that they found the majority of breastfed babies sleep on their sides or backs, naturally. Bottle-fed (whether breastmilk or formula) babies tend to sleep on their tummies.

If the article gets published online, I'll link it. Otherwise, talk to one of your LLL people to see if they have the information.
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