Tummy SleepPosted: April 8, 2009 Filed under: Cooper | Tags: crib bumper, SIDS, sleep sac, swaddle 3 Comments »
Last week Cooper began rolling from his back to his belly. Previously, he was only able to roll from his belly to his back. So Cooper has now acquired a new skill. Yea!
We were still struggling to get Cooper to sleep unswaddled during his naps. We had successful made the transition to a sleep sac at night, but not for day time sleep. Well, on both Sunday and Monday during his naps, Cooper managed to roll over, swaddled, onto his tummy. This is not safe! I watch him do it on the video monitor. I would have to go in an flip him. Also, I should mention that at night he has been flipping himself onto his tummy to sleep. On Sunday night, Chris actually went back in and flipped him to his back, but within two minutes, Cooper flipped himself back to his belly. So, I put him in a sleep sac yesterday for both naps. He flipped himself on to his belly in under five minutes and slept great! Apparently, Cooper perfers to sleep on his tummy.
This brings me some concern. The Ameraican Pediatrics Associaion recommends children under one should sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS. However the risk of SIDS dramatically reduces once a child is over the age of 6 months, which Cooper is! I am just concerned about him rolling his face into his bumper and suffocating. I found a bumper that I am planning to purchasing that is made of mesh called the breathable bumper. It will still keep Cooper from getting his arm or leg stuck in the slats, but allow air to flow in case his face is up against it.
So we now have a tummy sleeper who does not need to be swaddled! YEA!!! I still find him sucking on his fingers while sleeping. Too Cute!