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Do you let your babies sleep on their tummies? I let dd sleep on hers b/c she sleeps better. I don't really worry about SIDS but it does cross my mind at times. Any thoughts? Is there actually any PROOF that tummy sleeping causes SIDS?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you let your babies sleep on their tummies? I let dd sleep on hers b/c she sleeps better. I don't really worry about SIDS but it does cross my mind at times. Any thoughts? Is there actually any PROOF that tummy sleeping causes SIDS?</div>
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I don't think there is any conclusive proof that sleeping on the tummy causes SIDS. MY son is 9 mos old and has been sleeping on his tummy since day one. Admittedly, I was nervous and tried to get him on his back the first few times. At one day old, he would turn onto his tummy on his own. He's slept that way ever since. He rarely sleeps on his back or his side, usually only if he rolls that way in a very deep sleep.
 

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i dont believe there is any scientific proof of what exactly causes SIDS (tummy sleeping, cosleeping, vaccinations, offgassing of older mattresses, carbon monoxide levels in the home, from too much stuff in the babies beds, babies dressed in too much clothing, etc have all been blamed at one point or another but no proof as of yet -at least not to my knowledge), but all my babies slept on their tummies (heck they still sleep on their tummies at 11, 5.5 and 2.5 lol) because it was how they slept best. i totally believe in children and adults sleeping where and how they get the best sleep. now, with my youngest, i did have one of those monitors that would go off if she didnt breathe/move for 20 seconds - that thing was wonderful! because before that i pretty much woke up every 15-20 minutes for the first few months to check and make sure they were breathing (i was super paranoid).
 

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I may be wrong here but I think they say to not tummy sleep because babies do sleep more deeply which isn't a good thing for SIDS because they can sleep too soundly to regulate their breathing(ie if they stop breathing they don't wake up). I also have read that they think that SIDS may have a genetic prediposition so I sort of think of the rules like this-if your child is predisposed the rules will reduce the risk, if not then it doesn't matter either way. Of course no one knows if their child is predisposed. That said, once my dd turned four months I started letting her sleep on her tummy for naps when i am in the room and awake. A majority of SIDS cases occur before one year and within that group a majority are before 4 months. She always wanted to be on her side until recently so we got positioners to keep her off of her back. She has now started sleeping on her back on her own.
 

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My ds slept on his stomach for naps until about 6 months old, then he preferred his back or side. When he was tiny though, he just would not stay asleep any other way. I made the choice that for him sleep was more important than the extremely small chance of SIDS.
 

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I never let my child sleep on her tummy til she could get there herslef. SIDS rates dropped since the back to sleep campaign. So I wasn't gonna risk tummy sleeping.<br><br>
Sure, I likely slept on my tummy & survived. I also never wore a bike helmet, didn't always wear a seatbelt, never ever had a carseat etc. We know better, we should do better.
 

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I didn't let my son sleep on his tummy because of all the SIDS warnings, but I regret it somewhat. He was/is a very light sleeper and slept really poorly when he was a baby and I think sleeping on his tummy may have helped all of us get some more sleep.
 

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I do. It was the only way ds would sleep for the first two months of his life. Granted, it was usually on his tummy on <i>my</i> tummy, but it worked. Now he is rolling around and prefers his side, but he occasionally gets on his tummy, too, and I'm cool with it. I'm just glad he sleeps!
 

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Yes, I let DD nap on her tummy when she was younger. At night she always slept on her side, right up against my side. As soon as she could roll over she would flip over onto her tummy to sleep.
 

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All of my kids have been tummy sleepers. The twins more than the older child. From the time they were able to be on thier tum tums in the NICU, they let it be known that that is what they prefered.<br><br>
I do know as angelcat stated, that SIDS rates have dropped since the back to cleep campaign, but I dont hink it is so much that as it is parents realizing that newborns sleeping face first in a pillow or on a down comforter, or a water bed, is just as dangerous. There are so many other things thought and known to cause SIDS, including used crib mattresses, smoking and second hand smoke, and other things, that I think if we eliminate the major dangers, then letting our children sleep on thier tummies can be safe.
 

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DD has tummy slept since day 1. SIDS is blown WAY out of proportion!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just to be different.. My son HATES being on his tummy at any time, asleep or awake!</div>
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My second son was like that too...it lasted a LONG time too! He's a back sleeper, like me! DH & the other 3 are all tummy sleepers, I don't know how anyone can do it...I MUST sleep flat on my back.
 

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i've been wondering just how bad it is - dd will roll to tummy if given the slightest opportunity of a depression in the mattress. since birth she can lift her head up and put it down to the side... i've unexpectedly found her tummy down many times but never face down.<br><br>
i do feel safer because we are cosleeping. hope this helps regulate and stimulate her breathing, and i'm right there in case i notice anything.<br><br>
i thought the peak of sids deaths was 4-6 mo.??
 

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<b>BTS hasn't reduced SIDS deaths at all</b> - it's just reduced the CAUSE of death on certificates, since autopsies are more often done.<br><br>
And don't confuse SIDS with suffocation. Even a newborn baby will "fight" for a breath - they won't self-suffocate in a bumper, bed, or other surface. A baby will suffocate if they cannot move their head a half an inch to a few inches to catch a breath. He will not just lay there, face down in a mattress, and suffocate.<br><br>
All three of mine were tummy sleepers from the hospital on. Sleeping position has nothing to do with SIDS.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I never let my child sleep on her tummy til she could get there herslef. SIDS rates dropped since the back to sleep campaign. So I wasn't gonna risk tummy sleeping.<br><br>
Sure, I likely slept on my tummy & survived. I also never wore a bike helmet, didn't always wear a seatbelt, never ever had a carseat etc. We know better, we should do better.</div>
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the back to sleep campain started after a major sids study that could not pin point causes but said there were 6 factors that reduced he chances of sids:<br><br>
full term birth wieght<br>
non-smoking household<br>
breastfeeding<br>
back sleeping<br>
firm matteresses (with no pillows)<br>
baby was too hot/ bundled too much with blankets<br><br>
the reason the ack to sleep campain started is that who ever stared it thught that was the only fact that they felt they could press parnts on, lol.<br>
this is all comming verbatum from an article i read while doing a paper on sids in college a long time ago.
 

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My DS sleeps on his tummy and has since a little under a month old. Sometimes he'll fall asleep on his own on his back for naps, but for through the night sleeping - on the tummy is the way we do it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>BTS hasn't reduced SIDS deaths at all</b> - it's just reduced the CAUSE of death on certificates, since autopsies are more often done.<br><br>
And don't confuse SIDS with suffocation. Even a newborn baby will "fight" for a breath - they won't self-suffocate in a bumper, bed, or other surface. A baby will suffocate if they cannot move their head a half an inch to a few inches to catch a breath. He will not just lay there, face down in a mattress, and suffocate.</div>
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