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Karen Butler

We have recently put our baby in her cot in her room as she’s now too big for her bassinet. She is sleeping in a sleeping bag but she has now started to roll and sleep on her tummy. If I move her back to her back she instantly wakes up screaming and it’s a fight to get her back to sleep for hours has good neck control, she can roll back but doesn’t always do this or with ease. Is it ok to leave her on her tummy if she’s rolled?

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Posted a response on 22/7/19

Red Nose Australia

Hi Karen,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question.

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.
It is important that you move your daughter from bassinet & cease wrapping which you have done.
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.

• 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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