Hi, My 8 month old has recently developed a preference for sleeping on her tummy. My concern is that she buries her head straight down into the mattress rather than turning her head slightly to the left or right. I'm worried she is constantly breathing in the same air, which I've read can lead to SIDS. I keep turning her head but she always puts it back. Is she safe? Do I keep turning her? Thanks.
Most babies are rolling around the 5 - 6 month period however, some roll earlier, some later.
However, this is a normal development stage.
Red Nose recommends leaving arms free from a swaddle by about 3 months (or use a sleeping bag).
If you are still wrapping/swaddling your baby I would suggest you move to using a sleeping bag with arms out.
If she is still in a bassinet Red Nose recommends moving to a cot now.
Red Nose also recommends the following:
• Ensure baby’s arms are free.
• Ensure mattress is firm, well fitting & flat.
• Ensure no loose or soft bedding that may cover baby’s head or face.
• Increase tummy time while baby is awake, as this will help baby to roll well.
• Always place baby on back to sleep & allow baby to find own position of comfort.
As babies grow and develop they become very active and learn to roll around the cot.
At this time, continue to put them on the back at the start of sleep time, but let them find their own position of comfort.
By this stage it is not necessary to wake during the night to turn baby over to the back position.
The risk of sudden infant death in babies over six months is extremely low.