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14/2/19

Alana

My four month old can roll back to belly and belly to back. He sleeps in a bassinet and we had been swaddling with one arm out. We have now transitioned to both arms out, and will set the cot up today. In the bassinet, when he rolls over he hits the sides which stops him from progressing any further with his roll. On the red nose website it says “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.” my question is: if my four month old rolls over in his cot, do I need to keep an eye out for this and then roll him onto his back again? Or do I allow him to roll into whichever position he finds most comfortable? The above information seems to be directed at 6 months old - so wanted to double check?

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Posted a response on 27/2/19

kasey

Hi Alana, thanks for contacting Red Nose with your question.

Red Nose recommends the following when a baby is rolling:

Ensure baby is no longer wrapped/swaddled - which you have.
Transfer baby to cot from bassinet.
Ensure mattress is firm, well-fitting & flat.
Ensure there is nothing loose or soft in sleep environment
Still place baby on their back for sleep

The information you quote is the age at which most babies will be rolling over (which is 5-6mths)
Some babies roll earlier than that, so if your baby is rolling well at 4 months and the above recommendations are in place, there is no need to turn baby back. Still place baby on back to sleep and allow him to find his position of comfort.

Thanks, Kasey, Red Nose

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