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My bub is 5.5 months and has mastered rolling from back to tummy, however she doesn’t roll the other way. We have transitioned her out of the bassinet and into a cot but I am still panicking that I need to keep rolling her back to her back? Is this the case or is tummy sleeping safe now even though she only rolls the one way??

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Posted a response on 10/1/22

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Most babies will be rolling over by 4- 5 months. ....some earlier, some later.
This is very normal as babies grow & become stronger.
Many babies then prefer to sleep on their side &/or tummy.
This is not something that needs to be stopped. It is important to make her new environment as safe as possible.

Have you ceased wrapping/swaddling her?
She needs arms free & the space of the cot to roll safely.

Ensure that the cot mattress is firm & flat & there is nothing soft or loose in her cot.
You can try to turn her back, but most babies will just roll back to the tummy.
Increase tummy time to increase her upper body strength.
Always continue to place baby on back to sleep.

Red Nose has the following general information now that he is rolling.

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.

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