My baby is 7 months corrected and can roll both ways. He sleeps really well if we put him to sleep on his tummy. Given that he can roll into this tummy position, is there a SUDI risk putting him to sleep on his tummy? If we put him down to sleep on his back he just cries
Red Nose Education
Red Nose still recommends that all babies be placed on their back to sleep, even when they have the ability to roll & are sleeping on their tummy.
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
It might be helpful to discuss some settling techniques with your Midwife or Child Family Nurse.
There are a number of services that are State based that are helpful.
I’m in the same situation with my little one.
I have a follow up question: you say that
“Red Nose still recommends that all babies be placed on their back to sleep, even when they have the ability to roll & are sleeping on their tummy.”
Does this mean that
-they are placed on their back *at bedtime*, but can go to sleep however they are most comfortable (my LO will flip onto stomach as soon as placed in the cot while awake)
-they must go to sleep *while on their back* but it’s ok if they turn onto stomach while sleeping