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- Sleepy Time
- How do I know how much sleep my child needs at different ages?
- When should my baby sleep through the night without a feeding?
- When can my baby sleep without a hat or without being swaddled?
- I know babies are supposed to sleep on their backs, but mine keeps turning over on his tummy. What should I do?
- How do I know when to take the bumper pad and mobile off a crib?
- When can my child sleep with a blanket?
- When can my child sleep with a stuffed animal or doll?
- How do I know when my child is ready to go to sleep without a bedtime bottle or nursing?
- Is there a certain age when my child will stop needing a nap?
- When is it safe to turn off the baby monitor?
I know babies are supposed to sleep on their backs, but mine keeps turning over on his tummy. What should I do?
"I feel particularly passionate about this topic," says Dr. Eve R. Colson, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, and director of the Well Newborn Nursery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. "We recommend that all healthy newborns be placed on the back to sleep." She also suggests only putting babies to sleep in a safe environment and on a firm mattress, with no stuffed animals, heavy blankets, or pillows. "At about 5 months of age, the baby may learn to roll over," Dr. Colson adds. At this point, parents no longer have to flip their baby onto his or her back in the middle of the night. However, SIDS precautions should still be taken.