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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