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#1 of 21 Old 12-04-2007, 09:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Am I the only one who puts her baby to sleep on his belly once in a while? :

He just sleeps better that way. (If he sleeps at all.)

All our mattresses are 100% natural latex, so I'm not worried about off gassing or chemicals contributing to SIDS. But since we're all inundated with the "back to sleep" stuff, I can't help but feeling a little weird about putting him on his belly.

I just *need* him to sleep--I need to get homeschooling going again, cooking more often, cleaning once in awhile, etc. And it's so hard when he won't sleep alone. Putting him on his belly helps!

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i can't bring myself to but i know he would sleep better..sigh..
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my babe sleeps on her side although she generally rolls to her back at some point.

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Not yet with this LO...so far he'll sleep on me, or catnap in his bouncy seat, long enough that I can get a load of laundry put over or whatever. I used to nap Isaac on his belly when he was a bit older than Caleb is now. His bassinet was in the LR/DR combo room right next to the kitchen and in the middle of all the action. I could look in on him every 5 min plus it was always fairly loud there. I wouldn't nap one this young on their belly in another room by themself. It definitely helps when they nap for longer than two minutes at a time and some babies will only do that on their belly!
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i can't bring myself to let sheamas (who is now 8 days old!!!) sleep on his belly (i'm a belly sleeper though myself...although have gotten used to side sleeping...sigh...hurts my hips though...man oh man) anyway......... i don't think any less of you for letting baby do that. cuz you are right there, right? i mean, you co-sleep? if you didn't i would not let him... the only time i let sheamas sleep on his belly was when he fell asleep while i was taking his rectal temp the other day...he looked so comfy i just let him stay there...he was on a thick comforter too! : i kept checking him often to make sure his face was to the side...

i swear i sleep w/ one eye open all the time to check often on my kids.

sheamas did a smile in his sleep today...omg was that precious!!!

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Well, I'll be the bad mommy: DS2 sleeps on his belly on a sheepskin during the day and on his side curled up next to me at night (makes nursing so much easier).

All 3 of my kids have been belly sleepers from day 1. And while I am well versed in the risks of belly sleeping, I feel comfortable doing it w/ my kids. I am hypervigilent about checking on them. DS2 sleeps in a mini co-sleeper during the day for naps and it's in the main living space of our apt, so I have an almost constant view of him. The few times I tried putting the other kiddos to sleep on their backs as babes, I was IMMEDIATELY met w/ a wide awake babe. I think that morrow reflex tends to wake them up more when they're on their backs.

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i can't bring myself to but i know he would sleep better..sigh..
Same here.

Babe sleeps on his side in one of those wedges.

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Silas sleeps in his cradle for the first 2-3 hours of the night and that's usually on his back. Then when he wakes up he's in bed with me and I usually put him to sleep on his side for the rest of the night.

During the day he's usually asleep in the sling, although occasionally in the bouncy/vibrating seat so on his back for that.

I'm actually surprised by how well he does sleep on his back, but do notice that he sleeps even better on his side.
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Caitlin is sooooo much like her older sister was--she won't sleep unless we are touching. The more we're touching, the better she sleeps. I try to have her sleep on her back in the crook of my arm, though she's much happier if I let her sleep on my chest, which we therefore do quite a bit.
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Ellis has been sleeping on her belly since day one : ) I was worried about it a tad at first, but I am over it. She is totally fine and I have watched her sleep so I know she can move her neck from side to side (and does often) She sleeps in a pack-n-play bassinet next to our bed part time and one me or Dh the rest of the time. It truly is the only way she will stay asleep.

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Asher does co-sleep with us on his side or back for the night. It's during the day that I want to put him on his belly.

Nice to hear that I'm not the only one. Though, I put him on his belly last evening for a nap, and he woke up 10 minutes later. Like many others, he doesn't want to sleep unless he's on my warm body.

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Piper sleeps with us eaither up on her back on a firm pillow right next to me or on my chest. I know that we should not use the pillow but she will NOT sleep flat??? She lkes to be up a little. During the day she sleeps up in her boppy in the pack and play. Our 2nd would only sleep in the carseat for 15 months! Sleep is very important. And I feel that if I am sleeping with her, I will be so in tune with her needs.
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Hazel and Lucy are both belly sleepers. Gabriel and Sophia were, too. I fought Hazel and Lucy for the first 2.5 weeks sleeping on their backs/sides and it wasn't happening. They have excellent head and neck control and are able to pick up and turn their heads easily.

I do worry about it, but they sleep so much better that way.

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Aayla sleeps on her back/side in her bassinet (with a warm water bottle for heat) and on her belly on me or my hubby. She's all about the warmth.
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Delilah sleeps on her side facing me. We sleep exactly alike. My little clone lol

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Rohan sleeps on his back or side

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They have excellent head and neck control and are able to pick up and turn their heads easily.
Yes, Asher, too. He's five weeks now, so our babies are older than many others on the board.

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with a warm water bottle for heat
What kind of water bottle do you use for this? Does it have a cover? I was thinking of getting hot water bottles for all three of my kids and making recycled wool covers for them for nighttime. Our house is *freezing*!

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Babe sleeps on his side in one of those wedges.
Actually, I should say he sleeps in a wedge for the first 1-4 hours then he's next to me on his back or side until morning.

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Peri sleeps on her side or best yet on her tummy on my chest... which is where she is now. Pixie was the same...

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Nayfe's a back sleeper. Aside from my eldest, who was always on her back in the NICU and so knew nothing else, Nayfe is my first back sleeper. The others woke up every time I'd put them down on their backs. Nayfe wakes up pissed off within two minutes if I put her on her belly She doesn't always want to be flat on her back; she likes to be a little propped.
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Mairaed sleeps with us and we put her on her back but she inevitably ends up on her side, facing me. She seems to love to sleep in the boppy but we only allow that for a few minutes of her nap because she tends to flop sideways...

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