I only recently spoke to my doctor about this as my 10 week old daughter seems to sleep better on her tummy.
What he said to me was that it was a parents call but all of his 3 children were tummy sleepers.
My brothers 3 children were also tummy sleepers.
I sometimes put her on her back, but certainly for her big night sleep I have started putting her on her tummy.
I agree with my doctor in that it is your call as a parent and that no-one should really recomend something that may or may not contribute to SIDS.
It is a tough call and the first few nights I didn't sleep well for worrying.
I also live in QLD.
Therese, BRISBANE, 3yr old boy 6 wk girl
I think that it is a personal choice. My baby girl is 7 months old this week & although I always put her down on her back, she almost always ends up sleeping on her tummy. I'm not sure if your baaby is able to lift his head well or not. I think that if they are able to lift & move their head, it is not so much of a drama. I know that when our M&CH nurse visited us when we came home from hospital, she suggested that if the baby is aware of something covering their face (ie. a cloth nappy or a singlet) then they are likely to cry to notify you that something is front of their face (this is a good test to see if they are ready for tummy sleeping). If it were me, I would still suggest putting baby down to sleep on his back. My personal opinion is that if he is able to roll himself into a more comfortable position on his tummy then he will be able to get himself out of trouble or at least notify you if he is having difficulty. I think that it worth listening to the SIDS professionals & incorporating the information into what your baby is up to. eg. I place my baby to sleep on her back, however, if she rolls on her tummy I know that she is capable of crying for me or rolling back easily if she has any dramas.
Best wishes, & try to make a decision that works best for your peace of mind & your babies safety.
Caitlin 19mths, Kiani 4mths.
Michelle, NSW, 3mth baby girl
it's all about choice and your comfort levels, i have no issues with tummy sleeping, and feel my bub gets a better sleep on his tum.
just do what YOU feel is right.
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Good luck but you probably don't need the advice now as your baby would be almost one at this stage.
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