Breaking the rules.......

So Mr. Blake likes to get up in the middle of the night, often and stay up for at least an hour usually.


Well last night he got up at 2:30 and had 2 ozs of formula and immediately fell back to sleep laying on me.  So I laid him down in his crib and he wakes up.....looking at me like "umm this isn't what I want" and he'd start fussing.  So I'd pick him up get to him drowsy again, then lay him back down again.  Then he'd wake up and start fussing.  This happened like 4 or 5 times.  I knew he wasn't being fussy to just be a brat.  So I did what you're told not to do..........I laid him on his stomach to sleep.  It is his preferred way to sleep, it's how he naps during the day.  So I broke the SIDS rule....and slept on the floor in the nursery. Haha. 


Blake ended up sleeping almost an hour longer than he normally does in the morning and woke up the happiest little guy ever.


So my dilemma is.......do I keep breaking that rule when he wakes up in the middle of the night?  I honestly think SIDS is just in your baby, like if it's going to happen it will happen, it's not because of blankets or stuffed animals.  What would you do?

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 2:02 am
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I'm not speaking from my own experience.... becaue obviously I'm not a mama yet... But my sister's daughter LOVES sleeping on her stomach.. and that's the only way she'll stay sleeping through the night. When she was younger, like you she would only have her sleep on her stomach if it was in the middle of the night or for a nap... and now that she's a year old she lets her sleep how she wants and she's just fine.


She also did that with my other niece (now 6-years-old)... started off just doing it every once in awhile and then when they were older would let them sleep like that all the time.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 4:34 am
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I sadly agree, if SIDS is going to happen, it's going to happen.  It's scary.  We can reduce the risk by taking certain precautions but even back-cosleeping babies in a pillowless bed who are breastfed in a smoke free environment are not exempt from SIDS.  It's really a mystery.  I say you're good to let him sleep on his tummy if you're close by.


http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/sleep-problems/sids/prefers-sleep-tummy


But just wondering, do you burp baby after feeding him?  Sometimes I found that my LO was fussing in his sleep after a feed bc he had a bubble in him that needed to be let out.  I would then just hold him upright and rub his back or lightly tap him until it came out.  Once it did, he would fall right back to sleep. 


I also read in No Cry Sleep Solution book that sometimes babies fuss in their sleep but they are actually sleeping.  Kinda like sleep walking or sleep talking.  You could wait it out a few minutes to see if he falls back to sleep. 


HTH!

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 4:56 am
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We let her sleep however she wants now, but it wasn't until she had complete head control and could roll over both ways easily. She will be24 weeks tomorrow.
Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:14 am
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DMN.... Blake is a very hard baby to burp, but I always try my hardest to get him to burp before he goes to bed and I've finally forced myself to wait on him when I first hear him.  I used to jump right up because I didnt want him to cry for too long and get too wide awake and now I'm trying better to be the middle of the road, like yes he is up and crying but not letting him wail. 


Jackie...I told DH the other day, we need to get Blake into some serious tummy time workouts and get him rolling over more.  Because I know once he can roll over easily, I know I'll put him to bed on his back and I'll find him on his stomach every morning.  He's only rolled over once so far though, and it was belly to back.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:55 am
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One of my boys was a belly sleeper, the other was on his back.

I can't sleep if I'm on my back so I don't think it can be much different for babies can it? They know how they're comfortable. If you don't have blankets and stuffed toys in the crib I wouldn't worry too much.

Good for you trying to teach him to self-sooth, it's horrible hearing your baby cry but you will know if they are just upset or something is wrong - that's what mommy instincts are for!!
Posted on July 22, 2013 at 6:12 am
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I would say - Tummy time practice & a watchful eye.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 6:14 am
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We still worried like heck and basically stared at the monitor all invite the first time we let her sleep like that...and fwiw, the ped still recommends back sleeping...
Posted on July 22, 2013 at 7:28 am
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disclaimer on my part and a bit off topic- I am not at all against moms who CIO.  Some babies do make certain sleep associations that need to be broken.  Besides, not my place to judge moms and what they do to get their much needed sleep. 

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 7:51 am
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Jada has really never shown much interesting in sleeping on her stomach but now likes to roll to her side. If I were in your situation I'd probaby allow stomach sleeping to see how it goes. If he does well during naps I don't see why night would be much different?


Have you thought of getting a snuza or angel baby for your peace of mind?

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 8:50 am
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We have a monitor that has a sensor on it that goes off if he would stop breathing.  Dont judge me, but I've been to scared to ever turn it on! haha  I'm so afraid it's going to go off.  But DH said we need to turn it on finally.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 9:07 am
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I was going to say the same thing as milkgal - the Snuza! We are trying ours for the first time tonight because we are also "breaking a rule." 


I will say that after a mere week at this, I have abandoned many of my pre-baby principles and judgments! I have learned very quickly that you have to do whatever works for you, your family, your baby and your household. If he is sleeping better that way and you are taking cautious measures, I think you should just go with it :-) 

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm
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You gotta do what you gotta do :) I have the angel care monitor so that points my mind to ease with SIDS
Posted on July 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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Well I finally got the AngelCare monitor set up and ready to go.  We put Blake to bed last night, on his back like recommended and we figured when he woke up we'd put him on his belly if needed..........the little monster never woke up! haha He slept all through the night last night for the first time.

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 1:44 am
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@tate - I'm jealous! LO has only slept through the night after getting shots. She gets up at least 2 times a night. I am one tired momma!

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:06 am
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You're not the only one breaking rules don't worry! Since we've had some hot days and nights, my little guy isn't always a fan of being swaddled so we usually just tuck a muslin blanket over his legs but leave his arms free (he's still sleeping in his RnP sleeper). SIDS is such a scary thing but I agree that it's more "in the baby" rather than not taking all those insane precautions. 

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:21 am
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@Jen.......dont get too jealous, it's the first time he's done it haha.  He's usually up 2-3 times a night too.  Oh and of course, he slept all night on his dad's night to take care of him.  Tonight he'll probably get up 5-6 times to make up for last night. :o)

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:43 am

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