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post #41 of 75
Julia slept on her back from the beginning. I am pretty well convinced that back sleeping is best in terms of SIDS. Julia has 14 older cousins, and from experience caring for all of them, I can say that I think babies sleep more soundly on their tummies, but I'm not convinced sound sleep is best for babies.

Then again, we haven't had major sleep issues here, so I can't say what I would have done if we had, and anyway I think co-sleeping in contact with Mama is much more likely to prevent SIDS than sleeping position anyway. If I thought tummy sleeping was best for my particular child, I'd have done it despite any studies or statistics, and just made good and sure that I was with her all the time.

Now that she's older, she rolls up onto her side, and I let her sleep however she's comfortable. At this point, she HATES being on her belly, and wakes up instantly if she rolls that way.
post #42 of 75
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Originally Posted by momto l&a

SIDS is a deficientcy of VitaminCand B6 http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorba...v8-n4-p229.htm

makes the most sence of anything I have heard/read.
There are so many different ideas and theories...but that would explain part of the picture if it explains why SIDS is higher in formula fed babies (human milk naturally has vitamin C, maybe more than formula?) and the babies of smokers (doesn't smoking rob the body of vitamin C?)

but what would explain why SIDS is so much less common in countries where cosleeping is the norm???
post #43 of 75
Leah was usually on her side next to me, and I honestly don't remember how she slept as a teeny tiny newborn (when not in somebody's arms or in bed next to me) but I stopped worrying by the time she could lift her head up.

Hannah's entire infancy was a blur- I honeslty don't remeber what sleeping position she used!!

Jack never liked being on his back. I'm not sure how he slept at naptime when I was at work (when not in somebody's arms,) but I'd put him down on his tummy in the crib or he'd never stay asleep!!
post #44 of 75
From the moment he came home from the hospital Henry hated sleeping on his back, and to this day, he'll turn himself onto his side or tummy fairly quickly if put down on his back asleep. He was also GERD, but not too severely (eliminating dairy from my diet did the trick). Around 6 weeks old we got a sleep positioner thingy that both elevated his head/body (on a slope) and supported him on his side. He slept wonderfully on his side. When he was in bed with us as a young infant, he usually slept on his side, with one of the positioner things behind him to keep him off his back as he vomitted while on his back one night and started to choke. Sometimes I put the other positioner between him and me since we had a softer mattress : and I worried about that. But when alone (not often), he was on his side in the positioner thing, or sometimes the vibrating bouncy seat :. Otherwise, he was on his side next to me, on my chest, or in the sling (where he slept best).

One thing to keep in mind about SIDS is that the greatest risk is somewhere around 4 months old. I think it increases from birth to 4 months, then steadily declines after that until 12 months.
post #45 of 75
Right after we got home from the hospital my DD was put to sleep on her back, but always ended up on her right side. We think that's how she was positioned in utero. She eventually stayed asleep on her back. Just last week she started sleeping on her left or right side even though I put her down on her back. We co-sleep so I know she changes positions throughout the night.
post #46 of 75
We have coslept from day one...but have tons of room in a kingsize. We initially put Jett to sleep on his back. He HATED it. HATED!!! So, we made him a little pillow-built incline nest to sleep in, lined with his lambskin. That worked really! well. ... for a while. Then, he hated that. So, I started cuddling him to sleep. He slept/sleeps on his back a little, mostly on his side, and ocassionally on his belly. He sleeps in one position no more than I do. His preference seems to be to sleep on his left side.
post #47 of 75
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Originally Posted by Momtwice
There are so many different ideas and theories...but that would explain part of the picture if it explains why SIDS is higher in formula fed babies (human milk naturally has vitamin C, maybe more than formula?) and the babies of smokers (doesn't smoking rob the body of vitamin C?)

but what would explain why SIDS is so much less common in countries where cosleeping is the norm???

Ummm... did you read the article? Its is long so be prepared :LOL

In the babies under the care of a Dr who had the mommies use C and lots of it no babies died of SIDS.

Also diet does play an important part of bfing if moms not getting enought C or B6 neither is her baby.

Humans dont make C like other mammals do, so babies wouldnt be getting as much C as they should be
post #48 of 75
Not the whole thing, no. It looks fascinating!

At http://www.kellymom.com there are references that say that human milk is a good source of vitamin C despite what mom eats/doesn't (unless her diet is so deficient she has scurvy)...well into toddlerhood.
post #49 of 75
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Originally Posted by momto l&a
SIDS is a deficientcy of VitaminCand B6 http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorb...-v8-n4-p229.htm

makes the most sence of anything I have heard/read.
Great article! I have always suspected that lack of Vit C has a huge effect on a number of health issues. I have taken 3 grams a day for about 3 years and my allergies are way better. I can totally get why Vit C in babies makes such a difference.
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Originally Posted by Momtwice

There are so many different ideas and theories...but that would explain part of the picture if it explains why SIDS is higher in formula fed babies (human milk naturally has vitamin C, maybe more than formula?) and the babies of smokers (doesn't smoking rob the body of vitamin C?)
but what would explain why SIDS is so much less common in countries where cosleeping is the norm???
Yes smoking does rob your body of Vit. C among other things. And second hand smoke even more so.
As for the co-sleeping thing, my theory is that most of them are breastfeeding as well therefor getting higher amounts of Vit. C plus there is proof (McKenna) that momma breathing helps regulate babies when they share sleep.

Blessings,
N~
post #50 of 75
side sleep when with me on her tummy when alone allthough that rarely happens anymore.
post #51 of 75
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Originally Posted by MamaFae
... plus there is proof (McKenna) that momma breathing helps regulate babies when they share sleep.

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I have to agree to momma breathing plus I know for myself I am in tune to both dh and the baby breathing. Dh sometimes stops breathing and I wake up, if I stir a bit it starts him breathing, same thing has happened with dd.
post #52 of 75
DS is now 14 mo, but when he was little I placed him to sleep on his side at night. He always slept better. When he started rolling over I let him sleep on his tummy (which is ped ok'ed as well) and he slept better.

To be honest, DS JUST started sleeping through the night this month. For about two weeks. And now he's started waking wanting to nurse at 4 a.
post #53 of 75
My DD always slept on her back until she could roll over and then she slept on her tummy most of the time.

I do think sleeping on the back does make a difference, I don't think the research they've done is complete bubkis, but I also think its not the whole picture - SIDS is a symptom or a result, not a disease - it certainly could be caused by many different things - I believe that yes a percentage of it is probably cause by certain babies who are somehow more predisposed sleeping on their tummies. Until they know what predisposes these babies I'd rather play it safe.

That said, my DD slept fine on her back - if she really couldn't sleep that way I would have looked into other alternatives. She did spend quite a bit of time sleeping on my chest.
post #54 of 75
We cosleep and both of my daughters slept on their backs in bed with us. Allison went through a period right after she learned to roll that she would sleep on her tummy, but even now she will lay on her side to nurse and go back to her back to sleep.
post #55 of 75
On her side (usually) or back.

Here in Brazil the only no-no is on the stomach.
post #56 of 75
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Originally Posted by mar4JC
I totally advocate the back to sleep deal. However, my DS (who's now 13mo) started sleeping on his tummy after 1mo. He had GERD and it was painful for him on his back. He also didn't like sleeping on his side. So, my boy was a tummy sleeper.
it is so strange, my daughter has GERD and screams if she's on her tummy! she also spit up a huge amount whenever i put her to sleep on her tummy (that goes for daytime tummy-time and nighttime sleeping). so, she's a back sleeper. she tends to sleep slightly to one side or the other, with me she sleeps on her side curled up against me.
post #57 of 75
I used to put ds on his back as a newborn until around 2 months old when he would get bad gas and it would wake him up and make him upset. So my Mom said toput him on his stomach, since in her day everyone put babies on thier stomachs. I wanted him to sleep and not be woken by gas, so I tried it. It helped a lot. I was always with him before I went back to work when he was 3 months old, for most of his naps as well. At 3 months my Mom started watching him for me when I went back to work. She put on his tummy for naps. At night he slept with me, on his side mostly so he could bf. He is 20 months now and sleeps in all postions; sides, back, tummy.

I was initially afraid of SIDS, but after much research decided that since he was breastfed, co-slept, was not exposed to cigarette smoke (dh and I quit years ago) and was not vaccinated he would probably be okay.

Roxanne
post #58 of 75
Naamiah has always slept on her back in bed with me and dh. Just recently she has been rolling to her side more often; she is just over a year old. She never slept on her stomach.

In fact when she does accidentally roll onto her stomach in her sleep she instantly pushes herself up and starts crawling or trying to stand up on the bed -- and she's still asleep! It's kind of cute. I just pull her back down, put her on her back and stick a boob in her mouth, and she's back in dreamland.

We have never had any vomitting/apnea scares with her. She has slept very well from about three months old, once she got over her screaming-till-midnight colicky period. Definitely "through the night" by anyone's definition (although she still nurses in her sleep a couple of times a night, some nights -- other nights not at all).
post #59 of 75
I put older dd and ds to sleep on their sides in a sleep positioner for a while, and later on their backs. But ds' reflux was so bad that I did put him on his stomach around 4 months. It helped dramatically. And yes, he slept a heck of a lot better.

With my 2 month old, he sleeps on his side actually, facing me. Either in the crook of my arm (that's how he starts out anyway) or by himself next to me. Always on his side. Even on the few times I use the CoSleeper, I put him in his sleep positioner thingy on his side.

The baby has the arm flailing thing that wakes him up frequently, so I'm thinking of trying having him on his tummy but only when I'm there.
post #60 of 75
Because I have to admit it, I was a smoker so I was horribly paranoid about sids with Dar. We co-slept (still do) 90% of the time but she was always in my arms on her side, on her back, or for naps tummy down on my chest.
I'm no longer a smoker, but I think with this baby I will just go with my gut instinct and how Daphne sleeps best.
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