Hello, My son is 10 months old. Lately, he has been rolling on to his tummy and face to sleep. I have been moving him when I see him in this position - even at 3am - as he sleeps in his cot in my room. should I continue to move him? Is there anything I can do to deter him from this? I’m worried he won’t get enough oxygen over night if left like that for too long. Thank you.
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Most babies will be rolling over by 4- 5 months. This is very normal as babies grow & become stronger.
Many babies then prefer to sleep on their tummy.
This is not something that needs to be stopped. It is important to make his new environment as safe as possible.
Also ensure that the mattress is firm & flat & there is nothing soft or loose in her cot, especially if he is face planting at times.
You can try to turn his face if you see him with face down, but often, like rolling to tummy, babies will often go back to the position of comfort.
Always continue to place baby on back to sleep.
Increasing tummy time when awake may also helpful.
Red Nose has the following information now that your baby is starting to roll.
Give baby extra tummy time to play when awake and supervised as this helps baby to develop stronger neck and upper body muscles which in turn enables them to roll back over.
Make sure that baby is on a firm and well-fitting mattress that is flat (not tilted or elevated).
Make sure that baby’s face and head remains uncovered (do not use lambswool, doonas, pillows, cot bumpers or soft toys)
As babies grow and develop they become very active and learn to roll around the cot.
At this time, continue to put them on the back at the start of sleep time, but let them find their own position of comfort.
By this stage it is not necessary to wake during the night to turn baby over to the back position
Do not use any devices designed to keep baby in a particular sleep position.