Thursday, March 11, 2010

Back to Sleep Campaign

Okay, so if you're a GOOD PARENT you put your baby on his/her back to sleep, right? I mean, if you don't want your baby to DIE of SIDS, you put your baby on his/her back. RIGHT?

Or did you?

In my vast experience, babies seem to want to sleep on their stomachs. They feel all cozy, snuggled up to the mattress. If you lay them on their back they do that funny thing where their arms splay out to their sides and they often wake up.

Feel free to post as Anonymous on this one. No judgments from me since we have had a family bed for over 8 years (and nobody has ever even come close to suffocating or dying). I'm just curious about what you're actually doing. People don't talk about it much because they don't want to be perceived as "bad parents" if their kid sleeps on the belly.

And yes, the post is coming up on SIDS being linked to a serotonin deficiency. Be patient.


  1. With my first son I figured it didn't matter how they slept. When he was about 4 months old and he learned to roll over, he rolled over at night and I walked in his room to find him blue and not breathing. After that I have yet to put a baby on their stomach to sleep.Once this one is born, I don't know. I may do it,I may not. Not judging anyone that chooses to. That's just my experience.

  2. We put both of our boys on their backs to sleep as babies and now - at ages 3 1/2 and 6 1/2 - they are still back sleepers. Well... If they haven't sat up in bed and collapsed between their legs!

  3. We always did back sleeping at our house and my kids have always been wonderful sleepers. Even sleeping through the night around 6-8 weeks. Once they learned to roll there was nothing I could do but we always start them on their backs

  4. Riley sleeps on his stomach. He's got pretty bad reflux and back-sleeping just wasn't cutting it. He woke up every 20 minutes screaming in pain.

    Once we put him on his stomach, he stopped screaming and has slept 12 hours a night since.

    I bought the movement monitor for my peace of mind. He's rolling over now, so really it's impossible to keep him on his back. When he wakes in the morning, he rolls right over onto his back and shoots his arms up for me to get him.


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