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Looking for some advice on my 6 week son please. Over the past few days I’ve noticed quite a few times that he is wriggling over so that his face is almost on or actually on the mesh surrounding his bassinet and it’s very unnerving. He hasn’t shown any signs of rolling yet so is still swaddled but should I stop this? It feels very early and constantly wakes himself with his flailing arms if he is unswaddled and has the startle reflex. But is this still safer? Also some resources online are saying it’s time to move to a cot but this is for babies around 4 months old. We would need to move the cot to our room which would be very tight that’s for sure. It would be great to receive advice thank you.

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Posted a response on 8/11/21

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Many babies will wriggle & change position (like you describe) at this young age.
Often this can mean that baby is soon going to be rolling.
Some babies just do not respond well to wrapping & like their arms free.
What type of swaddle/wrap are you using?
Are you using blankets?
Often these babies like their arms free or like to touch their face or suck fingers, & will wriggle to get free
How does he go with tummy time?
Most babies will be rolling over by 4-5 months….... some earlier , some later.
This is very normal as babies grow & become stronger many babies then prefer to sleep on their tummy or side.
*It is important that you move him from bassinet to his cot & cease wrapping once he is rolling or attempting to roll.
*Baby needs arms free & the space of the cot to roll safely.

Once he is rolling it is important to make the environment as safe as possible for this to occur.
Continue to place baby on the back to sleep.
Ensure cot mattress is firm, well-fitting & flat.
Ensure there is nothing loose or soft in the cot.
Preferable to use a sleeping bag when rolling that has appropriate size neck & arm holes.
Red Nose has the following information when baby 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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