My 5 month old can roll both ways and the last few nights we have been finding she’s sleeping face down and sometimes won’t turn her head herself. We get up and roll her over when we hear or see this but I worry if we’re asleep and miss it. Is this common in babies and Any advice on how to prevent or manage this?
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Most babies will be rolling over by 4- 5 months, & some will choose to “face plant” at times.
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.
Ensure that the cot mattress is firm & flat & there is nothing soft or loose in his 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 their position of comfort.
Always continue to place baby on back to sleep.
Increasing tummy time when awake may also helpful.
I assume her arms are free in a sleep bag, & is no longer swaddled/wrapped - she needs her arms free.
Babies who are rolling should not be swaddled.
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.