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Re: Sids
Oct 5, 2009
Sweetie, if your baby is rolling over on his own, it's really okay to let him sleep however he wants to sleep at this age. I don't know the stats, but I can tell you that after my 3 girls started rolling over, there was no stopping them from tummy sleep and my first started rolling at 3 1/2 months!

According to several reputable sources, the highest risk for SIDS occurs between 2-4 months of age and drops considerably after 6 months.

There are several things you can do to help prevent SIDS. Give him a pacifier, don't smoke or allow anyone else to smoke around him (even the smoke smell that lingers on a person's clothes and in their hair can have devastating effects on a baby), use a good firm mattress, get rid of the bumper guard, keep all pillows and stuffed animals out of the bed, don't use blankets to keep baby warm, instead use a sleep sack or a bunting, keep his room temperature cool but comfortable (we keep our night time thermostat set at 66 during the winter and 76 during the summer), keep a fan going in his room to circulate the air.... I think there's more, those are just what I remember off the top of my head.

Anyway, as far as what baby's father said about side sleeping being more dangerous than tummy sleeping? I've never heard that. I've heard it can be just as dangerous, or that it's not really the best solution because babies can go onto their tummies easier from their sides..... but who knows?

I will say that if baby is rolling on his own, rolled up towels aren't going to keep him on his side anyway. If he wants to sleep on his tummy, he'll just wiggle right around those towels!

Hope this helps a bit! Now go get some sleep!!! :)

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