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February 22nd, 2013, 01:20 PM
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So Ember has been sleeping on her back since she was born. Lately I have been letting her nap next to me on the bed when she is in her boppy or just on the bed. Usually she is on her back, but sometimes she will go to sleep on her side. I don't sleep so I watch her the whole time. Well it seems she really likes sleeping on her side and doesn't have the reflex issue of waking herself up without the swaddle. Would it be okay to let her sleep on her side for longer than a nap when she is in her packnplay at night? I am nervous for side sleeping at night since I won't be watching her the whole time.

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February 22nd, 2013, 01:26 PM
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Felix sleeps on his side almost all night. I cosleep though so he is cuddled up against me. You could always tuck a rolled up blanket under one side of her to prop her up a little bit and then change sides whenever she wakes up to eat. That way she is partially on her side but not enough to roll over onto her tummy

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February 22nd, 2013, 01:57 PM
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Good question. I am way too much of a nervous nellie to allow anything other than back sleeping, but since you've been observing her nap on her side for a while, she might be ok. I might try it one night and maybe wake yourself up more often to double check on her, but she'd probably be fine!

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February 22nd, 2013, 02:13 PM
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I let Lincoln sleep on his side. I even thought it was a good thing to do because if they spit up they won't get choked on it.
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February 22nd, 2013, 08:22 PM
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The only time I let joshua sleep in any position other than his back in when we are laying tummy to tummy and he is on top of me. Im too afraid of him suffocating himself...Im a nervous worryier type of person though who pulls over in parking lots because Im afraid his blanket in the carseat might be up to high covering his face (it never is I just am crazy)

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February 22nd, 2013, 08:26 PM
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I always put Lucy on her back. One time, she fell asleep on me sort of on her side with her arms out above her, and I moved her to the bed in that position. I watched her the entire time and she seemed super comfy but I wouldn't let her sleep like that at night.
I think this is a matter of "to each his own", I'd do whatever you feel comfortable with.

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February 23rd, 2013, 07:04 AM
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I know sleeping on the back is highly recommended and don't get me wrong, Sophia does sleep on her back. She hasn't slept on my chest in about 5 days. However, I think it is just as unsafe as the belly. If they spit up while sleeping, they could gag/choke in their sleep! Some baby's are big spitupers...mine is not but some or and if they don't burp which some don't they have a higher chance of spitting up. So, if she sleeps on her side I would let her......I don't see any harm in it.....


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February 23rd, 2013, 08:54 AM
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The Ped put Mika on his belly to sleep. His formula is thickened to honey consistency, so if he vomits on his back it wont dribble out. He is at a higher risk of choking to death then of SIDS.

When my other kids were infants they said side lying was perfectly fine. I always did that instead of on their backs.

You can get those vented posistioners at Babys R us or Sears.

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February 23rd, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Dex sleeps best on his side. We cosleep though so I'm right there ( I can't get him to sleep longer than an hour in his ack n play)

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February 26th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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I know they say back is best, but at our first Dr. appt they asked if she was sleeping on her back or side and said both of those positions were ok. I would roll a receiving blanket up and position it by the belly just to be safe.

That being said, I am way too nervous to let her sleep on her side, although she is comfortable that way. I swaddle her anyway, so side sleeping right now isn't an option.

But, as long as you are comfortable with it, I would think it was fine, personally.

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