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I am little confused about which advice to follow. My 5 month old started rolling, but can only roll from back to stomach. He now rolls onto his stomach and sleeps there, during the night. I place him on his back to sleep and when I see he has rolled over in the night I reposition him back. How ever 30 minutes later he is bs k to sleeping on his stomach. Do I continue to reposition him overnight or can he roll onto his stomach and sleep there? Thank you

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Posted a response on 12/7/22

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Most babies will be rolling over by 4- 5 months…...some earlier, some later. 
This is 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 his environment as safe as possible.

Is he now in his cot & not wrapped/swaddled?
Baby needs arms free & space of the cot to roll safely.

**Increase tummy time when awake to help build upper body strength.
How does he go with tummy time?
Ensure that the cot mattress is firm & flat & there is nothing soft or loose in his cot.
Are you using blankets?

**Always continue to place baby on back for sleep.

Red Nose has the following general information now that he is rolling.

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.

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