It is quite clear (at 2 weeks old) that my baby is only willing to sleep on her tummy. She takes great naps and sleeps peacefully during the night waking for a couple feedings when on her tummy. Of course, I don't sleep because I am so worried she's going to stop breathing. (I totally understand the apnea part of SIDS and though we have no other risk factors, I can't escape the risk factor that her neurological system is immature and may not wake herself up).
Even my pediatrician says that it's normal for all mammals to sleep on their bellies. It's natural. With my dd1, we were just plain miserable for 6 months until the doctor hinted that he thought it was fine for her to sleep on her tummy. (I don't think he could outright say it without some major liability). Anyway, that very night I let her sleep on her belly and never looked back. She never rolled over (just strangely skipped that milestone), otherwise I'd have used that as a reason to let her sleep however she wants.
Do I need to wait for this baby to be able to roll over to her belly before I stop freaking out over this. I AM TIRED! I want us all to get some good sleep. I'm not expecting anything out of the ordinary for a newborn...I just want her to sleep for longer than 5 minutes while on her back OR I want to eliminate my worries about her sleeping on her tummy.
Should I just slog through the months of sleeplessness until she rolls to her tummy on her own? Or should I put her there and let her sleep blissfully?