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Her New Sleep Habit That Terrifies Me

By Lauren Jimeson |

I would describe myself as a pretty laid back mom. The things that used to stress me out with my first now hardly phase me with baby number two.

Although I find myself a much more relaxed mom with Avery, there is still something that completely terrifies me. Avery learned to roll over from her back to her stomach last week. She would only do it a couple of times throughout the day, but never managed to do it at night during bedtime. She is still sleeping in the co-sleeper next to our bed, which is rather small, so she hardly has room to roll over in it.

This week while we’ve been on vacation, we brought a much bigger portable crib for Avery to sleep in. The thing is huge and Avery has a ton of room to play in it. At first I was scared at how she would sleep with so much room around her, but she seems to be doing rather well because she’s slept through the night almost every night since we’ve been here.

Along with the crib, there has been one other major change in her sleep. As soon as I put her down to go to sleep, she grabs her lovie (she needs it to fall asleep and I remove it when she is asleep) and immediately rolls over to her stomach to sleep. Stomach sleeping scares me. It’s been engrained in my head since baby number one that we always need to place them on their back to sleep. My first was never a stomach sleeper so this has never been an issue for me before.

I know that once they are able to roll over by themselves that it should be okay for them to sleep on their stomach, but for some reason I find absolutely no comfort in that. Since Avery has been sleeping on her stomach at night, I’ve been up checking on her every hour. I try to flip her back over to her back, but she always immediately rolls back over to her stomach to fall back asleep. It is this torturous game that we’ve played every night because I want her to sleep on her back. It’s an exhausting game. A battle that I lose every single time.

She seems to be much more comfortable on her stomach. She sleeps much more soundly. In fact, I don’t think she’s slept this well in a very long time. She’s even sleeping better during her naps.

It will take me a while to get used to her sleeping on her stomach. I know that I will continue to be the crazy mom that gets up to check on her every five minutes to make sure she is breathing. But I am okay with that.

Do you have a stomach sleeper? How did you react the first time they fell asleep on their stomach?


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5 thoughts on “Her New Sleep Habit That Terrifies Me

  1. Stefanie says:

    The first time I went to check on my son and I found him on his stomach I flipped him over. But once I knew he could move around on his own I relaxed.

  2. Pamela says:

    Hope you are enjoying a nice break. It’s a lost cause to keep trying to stay awake and turn them. It is scary! As long as you are doing tummy time so she has stronger neck muscles that is good. Are you using the oscillating fan and yes take the lovey away when she falls asleep. To young for that. Well one thing good. Avery is finally sleeping. Wahoo! Now mommy needs to sleep.

  3. Jude Strib says:

    By this time she was strong enough to lift her head, so I didn’t worry. I also reminded myself that my husband and I were put to sleep that way and we were fine. It helps that I have an Angel Care.

  4. Cassie says:

    My three-month-old son’s sleep and play habits are a pediatrician’s nightmare. He has a pillow and two blankets, plus soft toys in his crib. I don’t buy into all the “rules” that doctors and nurses try to impose. They should raise their kids their way and I will raise mine my way. I let my baby do what is comfortable for him. Most parents in my network concur that “Back to Sleep” is likely as passing a trend as last generation’s tummy sleepers.

  5. Jenny says:

    Babies sleep way better on their stomachs. It even helps with gas. With a colicky baby, I had to let him nap on his stomach. That way I was able to check on him often. For nighttime I swaddled him and put him on his back.

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