I need some help/advice please! My 6MO has started sleeping face down literally face straight down on the mattress! She rolls over onto her tummy and can’t roll back yet. So she just stays there and her head slowly lowers to the mattress. I have tried to roll her back onto her back and even move her head to the side but she always wakes and cries when I do this. I have had next to no sleep the last 2 nights as I am worried she will suffocate being face down! Is there anything else I can do?
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Most babies will be rolling over by 4- 6 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 her new environment as safe as possible.
If she is in a bassinet, it is important to move her to a cot.
Also ensure that the mattress is firm & flat & there is nothing soft or loose in her cot, especially as she is face planting at times.
You can try to turn her face if you see her with face down, but often, like rolling to tummy, babies will just go back to the position of comfort.
Always place baby on back to sleep.
Increasing tummy time when awake is also helpful.
If you are still wrapping her, this need to be ceased - she needs her arms free.
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.