Need advice from you veteran moms!

United States
June 25, 2007 9:58pm CST
So I know that babies should be put on their back to sleep, but I'm worried about Alexi's back getting sore and her not getting good enough sleep. I was wondering if it is a good idea to start putting her on her side. She doesn't vomit in her sleep and she's 11 weeks old. She normally ends up on her side somehow anyway before the night is over, I just didn't know if it was ok to start her on the side at night.
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@Cassy1976 (796)
• Australia
27 Jun 07
I was told by my doctor and the health nurse because of the risk of SIDS to only put my daughter to sleep on her back, she is now 8 months old and I put her to sleep on her back every night but somehow by morning she ends up on her side and I asked the doctor about this in her check up and he said that if she can put herself on her side then that is fine but I should still only put her to sleep on her back. I guess it is up to you what you do with your child but I was so scared of the SIDS thing that I tended to listen to what my doctor told me, as if I put her to sleep on her side and something went wrong I would never forgive myself. When you say Alexi's back is getting sore are there marks or something? I sleep on my back every night and I dont get a sore back, so I think it is ok for them to sleep on their back every night. Goodluck
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
27 Jun 07
Dr's must give different advise there - your baby wont get a sore back from laying on her back, a healthy baby also wont choke IF she vomits. You can try having her on her side but put a towel or something in front of her coz you don't want her rolling on to her belly, incase she moved in to something & cant get out of it or cant breathe. You can do it however you like, they just recommend on their back coz it reduces the risk of SIDS - my daughter slept fine like that & so did all the nieces & nephews we have that i know of! You're the parent, do whatever you think is right but no-one gets a sore back from laying on it.
@superchook (1786)
• Australia
26 Jun 07
I put all my babies on their side and I used these special baby pillow things that are on velcro to keep them from rolling over onto their stomach. Sorry I don't know the name of this thing, but it worked well and I was able to adjust it as they got older. It's a proper baby thing.
• United States
26 Jun 07
Doctors change their opinions on this about every 10 years. You're not going to cause her any back problems because her joints and bones aren't fused together yet. Get baby wedges if you're going to put her on her side though.
@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Yes theirs nothing wrong with putting a baby on their sides i did it when my son was born.. I did have my son on his back when he slept during the day nothing wrong with that either u just gatta keep your eyes on them is all.
@patgalca (14557)
• Orangeville, Ontario
26 Jun 07
I don't know why you would think your baby's back would get sore. That doesn't make sense. Backs hurt more when you are lying on your stomach because your lower back concaves when you are lying on your stomach. I always put my babies on their sides with a rolled up towel propped up behind them to keep them on their sides. I wouldn't want them vomiting and choking on it. And I would think a baby on their stomach could smother themselves. I can't believe how often they showed that picture of Anna Nicole's Smith's baby lying on her stomach, her face down. I thought she was going to suffocate! I am surprised it was never mentioned on any tv shows and I really think they shouldn't have even showed that on television. It was soooo wrong. When your baby gets old enough to move around to where he/she feels comfortable, by that time he/she will also be able to lift his/her head if they are choking.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I don't see any reason to at this this age. Babies won't get sore by sleeping on their backs...at least mine never have. The reason she ends up on her side is because of normal moving around. If you start her on her side she might flip over on her belly, which obviously you wouldn't want her to do just yet. It won't be much longer before she'll be able to roll herself over. Once she can do that, she'll get herself in whatever position is comfortable for her no matter how you lay her down. Just hang in there a little longer, keeping her on her back won't hurt her and really is one of the best ways to keep her sleeping safely.
@suzieb (188)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I was told to put them on their side, in case they did throw up. Even as newborns, my mom (who I went to offten) and the Dr. said it was better for the baby.