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My pediatrician TOLD US to put Luke and Jasper to sleep on their tummies for naps. He said that this would make up for the lack of tummy time resulting from the "back to sleep" at night recommendation. That said, my boys have always slept on their tummies whenever they're not sleeping with us (in which case they sleep on their sides since we spoon them). I did sometimes worry about letting them sleep belly-down, but since it was the only way they'd sleep by themselves I let them do it anyway. At 4.5 months, both of my babies are rolling from back to tummy, so I really don't worry about it anymore at all.
If my babies had any of the other risk factors for SIDS (smoke in the home, formula-fed, etc.) then I wouldn't have put them down on their tummies.
If you're really worried about it, you could put a baby monitor right next to your baby's head and turn up the volume really high on your end so that you could hear him breathing.
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 12) in a small house with a lot of love.