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2/6/19

Catherine

Hi there I have a 3 and a half month old who rolled from her back on to her tummy for the first time this week. She has never rolled from tummy to back before. Because of this I’ve been feeling anxious about her sleeping. Should I be transitioning her to be wrapped with her arms out or using a sleeping bag now? She was born two weeks before her due date. At night I breastfeed her in the lying down position which is why I feel she has developed the muscles to be able to roll back to front as this is the motion I would assist her to do for the feed. She still enjoys being wrapped to sleep so I’ve still been wrapping her at this stage as my husband says she won’t roll because she is wrapped. I’ve just tried wrapping her with one arm out today to see if we can transition her to the sleeping bag. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you Catherine

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Posted a response on 5/6/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Catherine,

Thank toy for contacting Red Nose with your question.


It is not unusual for some babies to start rolling from 3 months.

Red Nose has the following recommendations when baby starts to roll:
- Cease wrapping baby….. it is important for baby to have arms free when rolling.
- Move her from bassinet to cot.
- Ensure cot mattress is firm, well-fitting & flat.
- Ensure there is nothing soft or loose in cot.
- Increase tummy time when awake - this will help to build her upper body strength to assist with rolling safely.
- Always place baby on back to sleep.
- Red Nose does not recommend the use of sleep positioners.

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. The risk of sudden infant death in babies over six months is extremely low.

Do not use any devices designed to keep baby in a particular sleep position.

See more: https://rednose.org.au/article/what-do-we-do-now-that-a-baby-has-started-to-roll-over

Regards,
Red Nose education

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