In this blog, we will be shedding light on the pros and cons of a baby sleeping on the stomach.
As a new parent, looking at your baby sleeping on its stomach might raise concerns for you.
You might have already asked your home neighbors, parents, and elders. The conflicting advice could be confusing for you as a new parent.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) suggest that the best sleeping position for babies is on their backs as it reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Even with proven research, everyone has varied opinions and parents cannot pick a side.
Sleeping positions that work for other babies might not be the best for your child.
But, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
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Here are the pros and cons of a baby sleeping on the stomach:
This is quite a rare position to be safe, but some doctors still suggest it. Sleeping on their stomach can help strengthen the neck, back, and stomach. Tummy time is generally preferred when the baby is awake.
At about four to five months, the baby develops motor skills and can roll over the stomach. Babies lying on their bellies while awake after six months of age have their benefits.
- It helps build upper body strength to lift heads off the ground at a faster pace.
- It helps them breathe better while sleeping.
- It’s a natural way for more robust eye development and ranges greater eyesight.
- Tummy time strengthens the neck muscles that prepare a child to crawl.
- Strengthens the core and the spinal column shape
- Enhances gross motor development
- Reduces acid reflux
Do not force your baby to lie on their stomach while awake. You can lay the baby down for 3-5 minutes in the beginning and increase the time once the baby starts getting used to it.
After six months, there is a reduced risk of SIDS, so it’s suitable if babies switch positions according to their comfort.
But, make it a habit for babies to sleep on their backs to reduce even a slight risk of SIDS.
Babies also tend to sleep on their side and it also has some pros and cons READ HERE for more information about side sleeping
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Do not let the baby sleep on their stomach as it can lead to re-breathing of air that causes a lack of oxygen and increases the risk of SIDS.
The first few months for a baby are fragile and require proper care and supervision. Letting your baby sleep on the stomach can be dangerous during the first few months.
- It can restrict breathing if the baby buries his nose into the mattress or any object lying around.
- It can cause babies to breathe microbes from the mattress, causing allergies or suffocation.
- It presses the lungs, leading to disturbed constriction and expansion
As we have discussed the Pros and cons of a baby sleeping on the stomach in the above paragraphs, it’s time for our final words.
While sleeping on the back is a suggested practice, no bedtime position can be 100% safe until your baby has developed strong motor skills.
Make it a practice to lie your baby on their back while sleeping. You can lie the baby in a prone position while your child is awake.
Make sure you are around so that the baby doesn’t bury the nose into something leading to risks of SIDS.
Adding to another sleepless night, keep checking your baby’s sleeping positions and turn the direction if your child feels uncomfortable in their current sleeping or lying position.