Thursday, April 25, 2013

Baby Sleep Position

Three years ago, when we had our first child, we only place our baby girl to sleep on her back. Three years later, I am pleasantly surprised to see her still practice the sleep position we used to place her in.
 
Fast forward to today. I still practice "back to sleep". Since day one, I have been putting my little boy to sleep on his back, having said that, I am not able to prevent him from turning over during the night. So, half way through the night, this little boy frequently finds his own comfortable sleep position by either sleeping on tummy, or side sleeping.

Perhaps the little boy get better sleep quality from his best sleep position. No tossing and turning.
 

 
You would most probably have heard of sleeping on tummy or side sleeping is often link to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) due to the possibilities of accidental suffocation. The safest position as suggested by many articles in the internet is putting a baby to sleep on his/her back.

Of course there are alternatives to sleeping on tummy: you can try swaddling (but baby above one month is too "old" for swaddling?) or using a baby sleeping bag, put the infant to sleep on side way, rock the baby to sleep in cradle (aka "sarong"). Do what works for you and for the baby, just take the risk factor into consideration and make a choice.

For me, I will still put him to sleep on his back until he is a year old with precautions to reduce the risk of SIDS.

What is your child sleeping position?

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.
~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

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