Tummy,Side,Or Back?


Choices, choices. Years ago it was determined baby was much safer at bedtime on his/her tummy, or side actually. Now, it's recommended baby be on his back. I for one disagree; I prefer the tummy. And no, they won't smother. Another thing, I do not believe in pillows till later on; just an added prevention.
Oct 14, 2015 @ 03:30 pm

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Both of my kids were different. One is a tummy sleeping and one always on her side. I don't buy that hocus pocus either. Smothering usually is a result of the blanket, not the position.
Oct 14, 2015 @ 03:59 pm

tummy back side.

To each his own; we're all different. I still firmly believe it is safer for baby to sleep on his/her stomach.
Mar 02, 2016 @ 05:59 pm


Seems everything changes all the time on what's safest. With my 20 y old it was side only. With my 8 year old it was his back.
In 10 years it will probably be safest standing up...
Mar 02, 2016 @ 08:42 pm


It's interesting. I had a conversation with a pediatrician at the Alberta Children's Hospital about this when my youngest was born. She had been part of researching this for literally a decade and since introducing the 'Back To Sleep' campaign, (asking parents to sleep baby on their backs)that they had seen a dramatic decrease in the occurrence of SIDS. It had to do with the fact that when baby stomach sleeps, the side of their face generally creates a very tiny indent in the matress. Since CO2 is heavier than oxygen, the CO2 baby breathed out would collect in this tiny indent and baby would rebreathe the CO2, instead of fresh oxygen. Now of course this did not happen to every stomach sleeping baby, but this is a actual scientific study that went on for well over 10 years and they still are researching it. The pediatrician actually had some very good, peer reviewed papers about this. And, the numbers don't lie - a large decrease in the occurrence of SIDS is proof and incredible. At 4 months my youngest began sleeping on her tummy and the pediatrician told me that once baby is old enough to turn themselves, the risk is generally very decreased.

It may seem like an odd thing but it's proven by science many times that it is in fact safer, especially for babies who are already predisposed to SIDS(due to family history or other conditions)
Mar 02, 2016 @ 10:39 pm


I feel safer putting my baby on her back .When my baby was small and I would put her in her stomach she wouldn't even turn her head and she would almost smother if I didn't move her. She hated being on her stomach. Now she is 7 months and rolls all over the crib and loves sleeping on her tummy. Now she is safe to do it.
Mar 02, 2016 @ 11:34 pm


When my son was in the NICU they said to only ever let your baby sleep on their back. I find my son prefers his stomach. To each is their own to be honest. Whatever you are comfortable with and whatever your baby is comfortable with.
Apr 01, 2016 @ 11:58 am

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