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  • Emma H

    June 18, 2024 at 9:50 am

    Hi Anastasia,

    You’re absolutely right. Both the AAP and Red Nose Australia state that once a baby can roll from their back to their tummy and vice versa, it’s safe to leave them to sleep in their preferred position, even if it’s on their tummy.

    But, you may notice that your little one prefers to sleep on his side or tummy now that he has learnt to roll over. Many doctors agree that once a baby is strong enough to roll over, they have the strength to lift or turn their head while sleeping on their tummy, so there is no need to intervene.

    If your doctor is happy for your little one to sleep on this tummy, it’s important to follow these guidelines:

    • Until his first birthday, always place him on his back to sleep initially, but let him find their own comfortable position.
    • Ensure the cot mattress is firm, flat (not tilted or elevated), and covered only with a fitted sheet.
    • Keep the cot free from loose or soft items, such as pillows, loose blankets, toys, and cot bumpers.
    • Use a sleeping bag or sleep sack instead of swaddling him.
    • Continue providing tummy time when he is awake. This helps develop stronger neck and upper body muscles, enabling him to develop the strength to roll back over.

    I hope this helps!