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3/7/19

Anita

My 5.5 month old baby slept in her cot for the first time. I happened to be watching the baby monitor and saw her roll over from her back, onto her face, flat on her face! I ran in and turned her head to the side. I fear the worst and not sure if I’ll ever sleep again! Should I be concerned? Is there anything I can do?

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Posted a response on 8/7/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Anita,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question

My 5.5 month old baby slept in her cot for the first time. I happened to be watching the baby monitor and saw her roll over from her back, onto her face, flat on her face! I ran in and turned her head to the side. I fear the worst and not sure if I’ll ever sleep again! Should I be concerned? Is there anything I can do?

Most babies will be rolling over by 5 months (some earlier some later). 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, but it is important to make the environment as safe as possible for this to occur.

Red Nose has the following information now that your baby boy is starting to roll.

      It is essential to discontinue wrapping as soon as baby starts showing signs that they can begin to roll, usually between 4-6 months
• If you are using a bassinette it is time to transfer your baby into a cot as soon as they first show signs of being able 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.
https://rednose.com.au/article/what-do-we-do-now-that-a-baby-has-started-to-roll-over

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