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21/8/19

Anna

My baby is 7 1/2 months old and keeps rolling onto his stomach to sleep, although we put him on his back. He can roll easily back to front, but cannot yet roll front to back. He has very good neck strength and pushes his entire chest off the ground in tummy time. My question is whether we should keep trying to turn him back onto his back. We are waking him up every time we do so. Thanks!

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Posted a response on 3/9/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Anna,

Thanks for your question.

Most babies will be rolling over by 5-6 months. 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 son from bassinet & cease wrapping if you have not already done that.
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.

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 now that your baby boy 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.
https://rednose.com.au/article/what-do-we-do-now-that-a-baby-has-started-to-roll-over

Posted a response on 3/9/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Anna,

Thanks for your question.

Most babies will be rolling over by 5-6 months. 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 son from bassinet & cease wrapping if you have not already done that.
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.

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 now that your baby boy 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.
https://rednose.com.au/article/what-do-we-do-now-that-a-baby-has-started-to-roll-over

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