For Tummy Sleepers Only

by Anita Sethi, Ph.d.

For Tummy Sleepers Only

You put her to bed on her back, but she rolls onto her tummy while she sleeps. What should you do?

Don’t freak out. Most babies don’t learn to flip over until around 4 to 5 months of age  — and the risk of SIDS starts to drop soon after, at 6 months.

Get a handheld video baby monitor. With this gadget, you can hear (and see) your baby without being glued to the nursery.

Give yourself a break. If she’d rather sleep on her tummy, there’s not much you can do.

Squeeze in tummy time during the day. This will help her strengthen her trunk muscles and master rolling  — both ways.

Tips for tummy time

• Place your baby on her stomach, and put a sturdy mirror or toy in front of her so that she’ll need to lift her head and shoulders up to see it.
• Lie next to her and look at a book together.
• Lie on your back. Position your baby on your chest, facing you. Laugh and she’ll get a ride  — but be prepared to get drooled on.