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My 5 month old daughter rolls onto her side to sleep after being put down on her back. She can only roll from back to side and tummy to side consistently, she has only ever done a handful of “full” rolls. Should I be flipping her back onto her back? Thanks

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Posted a response on 25/1/19

Red Nose

Hi Jess

Most babies are rolling around the 5 - 6 month period. This is a normal stage of development.

Red Nose recommends leaving arms free from a swaddle by about 3 months (or use a sleeping bag).

If you are still wrapping/swaddling your baby I would suggest you move to using a sleeping bag with arms out.

If she is still in a bassinet Red Nose recommends moving to a cot now.

Red Nose recommends the following:

• Ensure baby’s arms are free.
• Ensure mattress is firm, well fitting & flat.
• Ensure no loose or soft bedding that may cover baby’s head or face.
• Increase tummy time while baby is awake, as this will help baby to roll well.
• Always place baby on back to sleep & allow baby to find own position of comfort.

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. The risk of sudden infant death in babies over six months is extremely low.


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