The topic today is sleeping on the back! Baby E is 4.5 months and not quite sleeping through the night BUT BUT BUT last night he slept from 10:30pm ish to 5 am ish!!!!! He started cooing alittle after 5am. I just picked him up and kissed him so much saying, “You slept through the night!! You did it big boy!!” Although he slept a long time last night, I didn’t! I kept waking up because I was waiting on him to wake up. Keep your fingers crossed for tonight.
Ok. I know a few people who have stated their child sleeps through the night NOW (and they are around the same age as Baby E) but their children sleep on their stomach. That’s just so hard for me because of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Baby E’s pediatrician says babies should sleep on their back until they are able to turn over or at least hold their head up while on their stomach. This was the first time he told me that. With my first two, I kept them on their back until they were 1! Baby E can hold his head up fine, but turns over – by accident. Do you understand when I say – by accident? I mean, he is not trying to turn over, but does it because he is frustrated.
Now recently, I have let Baby E sleep on his stomach during the day (on weekends) when I am up and able to watch him. He appears to sleep longer this way. I have not let him sleep through the night at all on his stomach even if it’s a possibility he might sleep longer. I am just not ready. I didn’t do it for my other children this early and I am not ready to do it with him.
SIDS Interesting facts:
Most deaths due to SIDS occur between 2 and 4 months of age, and incidence increases during cold weather. African-American infants are twice as likely and Native American infants are about three times more likely to die of SIDS than caucasian infants. More boys than girls fall victim to SIDS.
Other potential risk factors include:
- smoking, drinking, or drug use during pregnancy
- poor prenatal care
- prematurity or low birth weight
- mothers younger than 20
- tobacco smoke exposure following birth
- overheating from excessive sleepwear and bedding
- stomach sleeping