Hi there, Our 6 month old has started sleeping in her cot by herself, we put her to sleep on her back but now that she is in her cot she rolls around onto her side a lot while she is sleeping. Should we move her onto her back every time she is on her side ?
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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 or side.
This is not something that needs to be stopped.
It is important to make her new environment as safe as possible.
Always continue to place baby on back to sleep.
If you are still wrapping her this need to be ceased - she needs her arms free.
Also ensure that the mattress is firm & flat & there is nothing soft or loose in her cot,
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 remain 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.