My 5.5 month old has been sleeping in a rock n play since she was born. We are trying to transition to her crib but when we put her in there she just constantly wants to roll over and just ends up totally face planting and burying her face in the mattress. She's not resting on her hands or anything - just straight face down. There are times when I know that there is no way she is getting any air. She really just seems so sleepy that she doesn't lift her head and doesn't cry. I always panic and end up picking her up. I swear I have so much anxiety from this! Now I know that there seems to kind of be two sides to this - either people think they are fine and you should leave them, or there's the people who find a different sleeping solution. I'm not really sure what my approach will be yet, but I do know I'm definitely not comfortable leaving her alone in her crib all night just yet. So, a few questions...
1. If your baby did this, at what age did they stop trying to sleep face down? 2. Did you do anything to help them learn to turn their head while sleeping or did they just eventually figure it out on their own? 3. Has anyone invested in a breathable crib mattress, and if so, which one? 4. Did anyone use one of those alarm type things that signal if they supposedly stop breathing?
Re: 5.5 Month Old Sleeping Face Down
1. My son did this all the time around that age and the Pedi really hammered it home that I had to stop him from doing it. My Pedi told me that young babies can fall into such a deep sleep that they don't realize they can't breathe and therefore won't lift their head up. That scared the shit out of me. So I had to roll up receiving blankets and put them under his crib sheet on each side of him to prevent him from rolling over.
BUT, at some point you just have to figure out when you are comfortable enough to let them do what they are going to do...which is roll over and sleep on their stomachs.
2. Both my kids have slept face down at some point as they got older and I haven't done anything to help them learn to turn their heads. They figured it out on their own but it was scary.
Yes the rolled up blankets were a recommendation from my Pedi. I felt more comfortable doing that than letting my son sleep face down so I tried it. Eventually he got too strong and rolled right over anyways but I used the blankets for a few weeks.
I've heard mixed reviews about those sensors that monitor breathing but if that makes you more comfortable then I say go for it. It's tough to know what to do!
He is now crawling and I have no control over where he is in the crib. I do think the rolled up towel or blankets under the crib sheet is an awesome idea and will help with the transition! Your instincts will tell you when it is time to stop. Have to trust your mommy instincts