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I can not get this baby to sleep on her back

Is anyone else having this problem. For the last two weeks she just will not sleep on her back. She wakes up within 15 minutes. If I put her on her belly she sleeps for hours even up to 6 at night. It just freaks me out with the risk of SIDS and all. Any suggestions?
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I dont have any suggestions, that was one of the reasons i did not even want her to try and sleep on her tummy just incase she liked that way better, i get nervous when i put her on her side, i wait to she is in a deep sleep and softly turn her on her back.

Have you tried putting her on her side?  I have read other post on other forums where the women say they let there babies sleep on there tummies, im a worry rat, i would not get any sleep, just try other positions or sneak her on her back after she is in a deep sleep.
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Jesse seems to like his belly as well. He does not sleep well at all on his back, plus I get scared leaving him on his back in case he spits up. My first son spit up a LOT and putting him on his back was not an option for me. He would choke and not breathe so much from being on his back!! scary! Plus, he loved his belly better, and I was nervous at first, but then it was fine. I don't put Jesse on his belly all the time, but when I can, or he is fussy, I do. I am getting ready right now to put him down for sleep...praying I can get 2 straight hours here (ha!) and I am putting him on his belly. I know most moms are terrified of that, but unless he is propped up on a pillow on his side or back, I don't feel comfortable with him flat on his back. I'm picky I guess! lol. If she sleeps better, I'd say go for it, but that's me. I would kill for 6 straight hours of sleep right now. almost 5 weeks old and still up waaaay too much at night. So much so that I wake my husband once in the night and cry and cry and make him hold Jesse whether he wants to or not.
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MaKayla is asleep on her tummy as I type!! She sleeps so much better on her tummy. My DH constantly checks her (he is a worrywart too) and I keep my eye on her. I only let her sleep on her belly during the day. At night, she sleeps on her side propped up against a pillow...
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Thanks for the feedback. She's not a side sleeper either. It's tummy or nothing. I even have one of those velcro blankets to swaddle her with and I tried it last night. She still could only sleep for about an hour at a time on her back. My dh took the 12-4 shift and then by 5 I just flipped her over and she slept for 3 hours straight.

Bella has reflux and spits up a lot when she is on her back. Even if I prop her up in the boppy she will spit up hours after a feeding and start to choke. On her belly she never spits up. Ugh it's so hard trying to figure out what to do. I read online last night about the risks of tummy sleeping. Oh my god all these people who think it's the worst thing ever, but I also found a lot of info about SIDS. The tummy sleeping does raise the risk, but only because of suffication from soft or loose bedding, over heating, and problems with CO2 inhalation if they sleep face down like facing the mattress. Bella sleeps on a hard bassinett mattress so it's not too soft and her head is always to the side she never goes face down. I might buy monitor. The kind you put under them like a blanket and it goes off if they stop breathing.
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I have not tried Brandon  on his tummy yet I'm too afraid. I do put him on his side during the day and seems to like it.
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To be honest I think SIDS is a compleat joke!!  NicMom said it herself; it's only because they can sufficat from soft or loos bedding, over heating and problems with CO2 inhalation, being that I have some medical knowleged, I can tell you babies don't die from SIDS per say, they die from; suffication due to lose or soft bedding, over heading and CO2 inhalation.  And I'm not sure why people are so freaked out about it, and causing so much attention to it... not to mention the fact that it usually isn't "sudden" it usually takes some time from all of those things.

That being said, I would tend to think that it's fine to let babies sleep on their stomachs for short periods of time, espeically since when we were growiing up the doctors told our parents that we should be sleeping on our stomachs cause we might spit up and choak... so again I'm a bit confused as to why people are calling the deaths SIDS and getting to freaked out about it, I know that we don't want our babies to die, however, like I said the chances of you or DH or someone not cheeking on the baby for and extend period of time is compleatly rediculous.  I dunno about you, but it freaks me out if Owen goes more than 2-3 hours without being awake and fussy for a bit inbetween.  Thus causing us to cheek on them.  

Now if your like NIcMom and the baby seems to want to sleep for a longer period of time, and that's the ONLY way you can get him/her to sleep I would suggest that you by a monitor that keeps track of the baby's breathing... so that you are alerted if he/she quits breathing, thus allowing you to get up and cheek on him/her before they "suddenly die."  

Also to be honest I would tend to think the risk of SIDS would be higher if you're proping your baby up with a pillow, I mean they could some how get under the pillow and sufficate like that.  I guess, in my own thinking, as long as we are careful with our littles ones, I think we should use our owen judgment when we are careing for them and not base all of our thinkings and doings on what the doctors are telling us.  WE are the ones who have to deal with a crying baby, who WANTS to sleep in that perticular way!!
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slzerbst...I have to agree with you. I was always looked down on for putting my babies on their tummies, but if I thought they were in danger, I would not do it. I want only the best for my babies and of course sleep. :) Your last paragraph sums it up. All babies are different and some do better on their backs while others need to be on their bellies. Jesse is now able to lift his head and turn it to the other side if wants while he sleeping on his belly, he has only done it twice so far, so he is a strong lil guy and I feel okay with him being on his belly.
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LoL thanks, I thought someone would say I was wong, and start a huge fight, and that's not what I wanted, I was just making my point... And I didn't mean to offend anyone, I just really don't understand what all of hub-bub is about SIDS, I mean when we were growing up they had never heard of something like that.  And I'm pretty sure they can't put SIDS on a death certificat, ya'know?  And I think all of us turned out fine, but I will add I was scared to even put Owen down for tummy time, cuz I didn't want him to get hurt at first, but after spending alot of time at my parent's house and my mom showing me that it was "okay."  Along with re-iderating the points I just made, I feel safe to do it.  And that's what I want everyone to know...  That it's fine to do it, but you would want to cheek on him/her to make sure they aren't in trouble!!
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Matthew only sleeps on his side or his tummy, and he sleeps a lot better on his belly.  Think of it this way, 20 years ago when we were infants, we all slept on our bellies.  As long as you are careful, if you can get your child to sleep, let them sleep.  After dealing with Matthew with colic, and acid reflux, and my PPD, I'll take any type of sleep that we are both getting!
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I am so sorry to be late to this discussion, but I'm glad Nic brought it up.  Mine sleeps on her stomach also.  With my last baby (#5), I followed the strict back only policy.  Well, she didn't sleep for months, so with this one I have gone back to the stomach.  She does sleep better and longer and I am very careful with her.  On her back, she might stay there a whole 5 minutes.  I used to worry about what the "experts" say but I, as many of you said, would just use caution and be careful.  I do make the bed soft for her but no loose bedding.  I just use a crib comforter because the cradle mattress feels like a prison mattress!!  Not that I would know, but I am just guessing that they are not too comfy.  LOL!  Plus I figure women have been doing this (stomach thing) since the beginning of time.  I also co-sleep sometimes and many look down on that too.  But I have other kids to take care of and I have to get my sleep however I can.
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Hey Michele, better late than never! I've gone to only tummy sleeping and things are going much better. We're all getting more sleep it's wonderful. The only thing is she does scoot around so I think it's time to move her to the crib where she can't scoot into the sides. I'm also going to take the bumper out.

I also co-sleep with her for at least an hour or two every night. Most of the time from the early morning feeding until we get up for the day like 5-7.
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