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I always put my 5 month old to sleep on his back but sometimes during the early hours of the morning he is rolling himself onto his tummy. His breathing seems fine and every time I see him do it I place him back into his back. I’m waking 5 times a night checking him though... is there anything safe to stop him rolling or is it ok for him to be on his belly as it’s not all night.

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Posted a response on 25/1/19

Red Nose

Hi Sharni,

Most babies are rolling around the 5 - 6 month period however, some roll before that.

Red Nose recommends leaving arms free from a swaddle by about 3 months (or use a sleeping bag).

If you are still wrapping/swaddling your baby I would suggest you move to using a sleeping bag with arms out.

If he is still in a bassinet Red Nose recommends moving to a cot now.

Red Nose recommends the following:

• Ensure baby’s arms are free.
• Ensure mattress is firm, well fitting & flat.
• Ensure no loose or soft bedding that may cover baby’s head or face.
• Increase tummy time while baby is awake, as this will help baby to roll well.
• Always place baby on back to sleep & allow baby to find own position of comfort.

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.


Red Nose does not recommend positional products such as anti-roll devices and items that fasten a baby into a sleeping position


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