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My 3 month old wriggles all around her cot in her ergo sleeping bag and I keep finding her at the top of the cot upside how can I stop this from happening?

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Posted a response on 10/12/19

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Many babies will wriggle & change position at a fairly young age.
Often this can mean that baby is soon going to be rolling.
Most babies will be rolling over by 5-6 months…....some earlier, some later.

This is very normal as babies grow & become stronger many babies then prefer to sleep on their tummy.

It is important that you move your daughter from bassinet & cease wrapping if you have not already done that.
Red Nose also recommends modifying any wrap at 3 mths to allow for arms to be free, in preparation for rolling
Modify the wrap to meet the baby’s developmental changes, e.g. arms free once ‘startle’ reflex begins to disappear which is usually around 3 months

Are her arms free in the sleeping bag?

This is not something that needs to be stopped, but it is important to make the environment as safe as possible for this to occur.

Always place baby on their 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 now that has appropriate size neck & arm holes.

Red Nose has the following information when your baby girl starts 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.

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