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    This has nothing to do with bf so i apologize for that. 5-month-old dd has been wanting to sleep on her tummy all the time this week. She will no longer have anything to do with sleeping on her back, or being awake on her back for that matter. Is this safe? I know she is still in the SIDS risk age group.

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    My daughter is also 5 months and does the same thing. Ever since she learned how to roll over I can't get her to stay on her back! My pediatrician said that once they learn how to roll over the risks of SIDS drastically drops. She has also mentioned that SIDS generally occurs when a baby has no muscle coordination and that if a baby with a lot of movement falls asleep with their face down they will unconsciously lift their heads to breath. I really wouldn't worry about it. Babies love the tummy because it helps them digest and it offers a new perspective of the world, not to mention that it is great for their upper body development.

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    I'm assuming that she can roll over? Once a baby can roll over the risk of SIDS is all but eliminated. I wouldn't worry about it. My DS has always been a tummy sleeper. He wouldn't sleep any other way. I kept him close to me and checked on him constantly until he was rolling. After that it was out of my hands.

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    My ds has always be a tummy sleeper. My pediatrician advised me to keep him close to me and to make sure that the surface that he was sleeping on was flat and to make sure that there were no blankets around his head. He is now 5 months old and he is just fine. There isn't much that you can do once they start rolling over. Just like us, they like to sleep a certain way, and it looks like he prefers sleeping on his belly.
    Mommy to three amazing little ones...Noah {4/12/06}, Leah {3/21/08}, and Isaac {6/18/10}. Loving every moment!

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    I have read that once a baby is able to roll over that their brain is developed to the point that they can arouse themselves if any sort of breathing difficulty developes. Which is why the risk of SIDS decreases dramatically. I still have to stop my DH from running in and flipping our 6 month old over on to her back though.

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    IMO, I think if the mattress is firm, go for it. If a baby cannot breath, they're going to thrash, move their head, ect... it's a normal reaction. THe studies to the risk of SIDS and tummy sleeping didn't specify the condition of the sleeping enviroment, or did they? I'm not sure if there was a study on the risk of SIDS with back sleeping was there? I would not let her sleep on your mattress, a pillow, or pillow mattress on her tummy, or on a comforter, just to be safe.

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    Our DS has been a tummy sleeper from day 1. I would also second what pp said, and keep the surface free of clutter...ie, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. I make sure that we have the sheets pulled really tightly so that it doesn't bunch. That's about all you can do.

    Good luck.
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