Well, I had my babies in Jamaica, except for the last one, and we never heard of this "Back to Sleep" program, so all my babies slept on their bellies. In Jamaica, everyone co-sleeps and breastfeeds, putting a baby in a crib down the hall is unheard of! Incidently, SIDS is unheard of, too. Babies just don't die in their sleep in Jamaica. And, babies don't get rolled over on either. When my 4th baby was a few weeks old, I had to put her down to get her brother from causing some disaster in the kitchen, and when I came back, she was choking on her puke. (She was lying on her back)
When I had my youngest here in the US, my pediatrician told me to put him on his back to sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS. After a few weeks of side-lying with a towel propping up his back, I began to put him on his back to sleep. He woke up about every 15 minutes, startled. Forget it!
I had done my research, and since the AAP can't figure out what causes SIDS, despite evidence that shows SIDS is highest among formula fed babies that sleep alone, and in cultures where co-sleeping, breastfeeding, and belly sleeping were the traditional practice, SIDS was rare, if not unknown, I figured that I might as well stick to what I know, and put my little guy on his belly to sleep. (He was a greedy eater, too, so he was always gassy. Sleeping on his belly allowed him to fart freely!) At night, he slept on his side, pressed up against me.
Has anyone else noticed that you wake up just a few moments before baby does when you sleep with baby? Or, if baby needs anything you just know and wake up? I did.