Join Date: May 2007
Location: São Paulo, Brazil--from Atlanta, US
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If Juju slept best on her tummy, I'd probably let her; she has very good head control now (~7 wks adj. age), and we sleep face-to-face in bed when she's not nursing. She preferred tummy for a little while, but it was when she was smaller, so she was usually on my chest--in the Moby or with a blanket tucked around us.
Ju also slept on her tummy in the NICU at birth, but she was hooked up to the monitors, so I was able to watch her O2 saturation levels--how they lowered when anything was near her nose and how they rose again when it was moved. Gave me confidence that I could replicate a safe sleeping situation at home.
Ju is also my third kid, though, and by now I'll just do whatever it takes to get my sleep! I think everyone has to really evaluate their situations independently, though, and be smart and careful about it. I am nervous about chemicals in bedding materials so have our mattresses covered and new bedding washed before use. I'm also careful not to let her get too hot while sleeping.
Right now she sleeps on her back or side next to me, but I'm still nervous about 'squishing' her in my sleep -- I think it's a healthy worry, though; good to be aware, whether it's back, side, or tummy.
Tamara: Aspiring doula, partner to Brazilian musician, mom to THREE GIRLIES!
(4/01, 6/07, & 12/09)