You’re cheering her on during tummy time, camera in hand, waiting for her to complete that first roll. But what happens next? Is it safe for your baby to be flipping in her sleep like a little acrobat? Be prepared with everything you need to know about when your baby wants to sleep on their side.
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At 4 to 6 months old, putting your baby to sleep will hit an exciting new milestone: that first roll. Chances are, she’ll want to practice her new skills at bedtime and naptime, which can make settling more difficult, which can impact your baby’s sleep routine. And once they do nod off, you may find baby stomach sleeping .
Baby Sleeping On Side - Is it normal?
Side sleeping is a completely normal sleeping position for baby - but more than a little nerve-wracking for mom and dad.
Until your baby has mastered a complete roll, the sleeping position should be sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Babies who can roll independently can start safely tummy or side sleeping.
What to expect—and how to be ready
Baby Rolls - Learning to roll over
Babies can show signs of rolling over as early as 3 months old or as late as 7 months old. Once your little one begins this new trick, she’ll want to try it all the time and it can lead to increases the risks.
How to be ready: Once rolling starts, swaddling stops. So at first signs of rolling, you’ll want to start transitioning her out of the swaddle into a sack. The Zen Sack™ is reversible and gently weighted to help babies sleep longer, making the transition seamless.
Babies sleep - Baby rolls to side or stomach during sleep
You know back is best, but while your baby is still learning to roll or already an independent roller, you should follow safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of SIDS and keep things safe when your baby sleeps.
How to be ready: Brush up on the ABC’s of safe sleep:
Becoming a tummy sleeper
Once she’s an independent roller, your baby might prefer to sleep on her side or stomach sleeping all the time. other than back sleeping.
Bottom line: It’s still safest to lay baby down on their back for nap time and bedtime. Putting your little one to bed on their stomach isn’t safe at any time in the first year of life — and placing them in a side-sleeping position is unfortunately a quick way to get to the stomach. Tummy time is for when your baby is wide awake and ready to exercise with you. - Heathline
If during the baby's sleep they can roll from back to tummy and back again on her own, it’s safe to leave baby sleeping.
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Michelle was getting nervous as her daughter was learning to roll over and moving around a lot in her sleep.