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My 5 1/2 month old son is choosing to sleep a little further away from me (about 1/2 - 1 foot vs 1 inch before!), and also getting very wiggly. So, to give us all more space (we have a double bed) and prevent our son from falling off the bed onto our wood floor, he's been sleeping in a crib that's attached to our bed like a co-sleeper. We've adjusted it so the crib mattress is the same height as ours, and put a foam topper over the place where the mattresses join. This is working wonderfully, giving us space and allowing me to bf him without fully awakening. However, now I'm worried that his head's going to get squished flat on one side because he's always facing the same direction. Last night, I tried sleeping upside down on the bed so he'd be facing the other direction, but I didn't get much sleep because my breast was no longer lined up with the co-sleeper so I had to keep shuffling down the bed to feed him. UGH!! And I won't even go into what a space cadet I've been today as a result. So, my question is, how can I prevent head-flattening with a co-sleeper? Is there some kind of foam pad that will prevent this? Any other suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks very much!!
 

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wawoof,<br>
while i dont have any perfect answers for you i would think it would be highly unlikely for your son's head to flattened from sleeping on one side just during the night. I think it takes long periods of exposure for this to happen.<br><br>
For example if you said he is always on this side during the night and the day, every day all day for months and months ~ it could happen.<br><br>
I think the head flattening thing comes from those moms who just leave their kids in the car seats all day never picking them up, never playing with them, never nursing them while they were sitting up during the day switching breasts etc etc.<br><br>
If you are still concerned talk to your ped. Also remember that your babe, I think, would be moving his head slightly during sleeping, again lessening the chance that the head would flatten.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Justine
 

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Thanks Justine. I'll ask our pediatrician at our 6 month appt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My son's pediatrician noticed that my son's was favoring one side and his head was slightly flattened when he was about 5 months old. I had always co-slept with him on my right side. I immediately switched sides of the bed with dh and my ds had to get used to co-sleeping on the other side. I also put him in the middle of the bed initially and I nursed from both sides and them moved him after he was sound asleep. He is now 18 months and has no signs of favoring one side or any head flattening.
 

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Amy,<br><br>
Thanks for that advice. We're going back to sleeping with him in our bed so I can switch sides. If it gets too tight, we may have to get a bigger mattress, sigh...
 

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If it is any consolation wawoof dd, dh and I all share a full bed. Its tight - but do-able!<br><br>
I would still check with your ped. I know you have concern, and that is a sign of a good mommy, but still sometimes good mommies worry too much!!!!
 

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Thanks Justine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I do tend to worry a lot, but it seems like there's a lot to worry about with little ones!
 

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You can also try staying telling yourself to rouse a little when you feel him unlatch. Gently roll him a little away from you, more onto his back or even the other side.
 

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Thanks, but the problem is that he can roll and chooses to face me (how sweet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, LOL!!
 

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My dd got a very flat head in back to the point where she came close to needing a helmet to correct it. However it was my fault as a young mommy. I thought that when I put her to sleep on her back that her head looked uncomfortable rotated to one side or the other (forgot how flexible little babies are) and would always set her head right to the front. She also spent a lot of time in her carseat after feedings due to reflux and that didn't help.<br><br>
Our ped suggested getting one of those body positioning things and alternating which side I put her down on each time. Then whe she started crawling and all that, not just lying down, the head started to correct itself. It's still slightly flat in back but not anything anyone would notice unless her head was shaved.<br><br>
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Thanks for the suggestions, ladies! We've ditched the co-sleeper and are all just squeezing into our bed, which we've pushed up against the wall. It's working well so far...
 
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