However, my children, each and every one of them, have HATED back sleeping and side sleeping, alone in a crib. Teddy is actually taking a record-breaking nap on his back right now; he's been asleep for about 20 minutes. Woohoo. If I let him nap on his tummy in his co-sleeper, he has been known to sleep for 2 or 3 hours. He'll nap in his carseat for an hour or 2. On his back in the co-sleeper - usually 20-30 minutes maximum, and often he'll wake up nearly instantly.
For me, once my baby starts to roll over by themselves, I figure it's a moot point, and will put them down on their stomach to sleep at night. We have always kept our babies in our room in a portacrib- so it has a super-firm mattress. Still, I struggle with the guilt of going against the APA recommendations with each baby.
Now that I think about it, when I had my older children, co-sleeping was pretty much frowned-upon, too. And when my parents had me -- back sleeping was a no-no. The theory was that babies would choke on their spit-up, so they were safer on their stomachs.
...But, I am such a worrier by nature that I'm not sure this is the best route to go. Why is it that most babies sleep better on their bellies, but that we are told that they should sleep on their backs? It just seems more natural to me to do what makes them sleep more effectively.
She does like to sleep on her tummy on my chest but other than that I mostly put her down on her side because she sleeps best that way.
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v sleeps on her side snuggled up to me or on her tummy with me on my back. once she is really asleep i am able to lay her on her back to sleep only if i am right next to her. she has a radar on me and knows the second i get up............. she also sleeps in the sling during the day. she wakes up within minutes if i lay her in the packnplay or cosleeper. sometimes i have better luck in the swing. i am too paranoid to lay her on her tummy at night.
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