Watching your little one grow up before your eyes and develop new skills is exciting for any parent. The first major milestone for babies would be learning to roll over which is still exciting and cute, unless your baby is doing it in his/her sleep. This on the other hand, is exhausting and frustrating because if your baby is rolling over during their sleep, that means that you have to be nearby, vigilant on 24 hour watch while your baby sleeps to monitor whenever baby rolls over.
If you are constantly readjusting baby’s sleeping position into one where he or she is laying on their back again, this can be a problem for both of you. So how do you stop baby from rolling over in sleep? The safest option when putting your baby to sleep is to ensure he/she is sleeping on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation.
Once your baby can lift their head, she will start to push up on her arms and arch her back to lift her chest. This will strengthen her upper body so that she can stay steady and upright while sitting. Additionally, she may rock on her stomach, while kicking her legs, and “swim” with her little arms.
These abilities which appear when your baby is around 5 months old, are necessary for rolling over and crawling later. By this time, she will probably be able to roll over both ways, although take note that babies vary in age when they are able to accomplish this.
When you baby is strong enough to raise their chest, you can start to help her practice sitting up. You can either hold her up, or support her little back with pillows or the corner of a couch while she learns to balance herself. She will soon learn the “tripod” position, which is leaning forward as she extends her arms to balance her upper body.
You can place bright and interesting toys in front of her so she has something to focus on as she gains her balance. Note that it will be some time before she can maneuver herself into a sitting position without any assistance.
The baby usually rolls over in his/her sleep because he can. Parents will find that as their babies are growing, they do not really know when the right time to practice their skills is, this includes sleep time.
When your baby learns to roll, there is a high possibility that he/she will be more interested in doing that instead of sleeping at night. This means he will not fall asleep immediately or he will end up staying awake at night for longer.
In most cases, you may also find that the rolling wakes the baby up if he does it during sleep. This can translate into frequent mid-nap and nighttime waking.
There are a few ways in which you may prevent rolling over during sleep or at least delay it as longs as you can so that by the time this stage hits, you do not have to worry so much.
Swaddle your baby for as longs as possible and continue to do so until he/she starts rolling in his swaddle blanket. This is an effective measure for preventing the baby from rolling when asleep in the crib.
Make sure his swaddle blanket fits properly and is snug because this will make it even harder for the baby to roll. A swaddle that is real good quality in which I used for my son Oliver when he was a newborn was the Original Organic Swaddle Me.
The sleep suit is an excellent option for babies who cannot be swaddled i.e. those who bust out of his swaddle blanket or those who roll in his swaddle blanket. It is also beneficial for ensuring babies remain positioned on their backs so it might not be helpful if your baby has been a tummy sleeper and is now flipping onto his back. You can keep the baby in a sleep suit until she is rolling both ways efficiently after which you can transition to the sleep sack.
A really good quality sleep suit that I used for my son was the 100% Cotton Halo Sleep Sack. It’s almost more like a little jacket you put on your baby before bed except it wraps them up like a burrito and gives you the option of tucking arms IN or leaving them out. The difference between a sleep suit and a swaddle is that a sleep suit zips up and fastens close and a swaddle needs to be wrapped around baby snugly to work.
They make some pretty nifty things for babies. If you have a baby issue, there is most likely a product out there to solve that problem. With that said, there is a Anti-Roll Baby Protection pillow meant to prevent your baby from rolling over on their stomach at all.
Warning, this could really frustrate and anger your little one who may just want to practice their new rolling skills. With this in place, they literally cannot budge! My son would screech when I put him in one of these pillows. He wanted to MOVE. He wanted to ROLL and ROLL and basically ROLL away lol
RANDER 2 in 1 Infant Sleeping Anti-rollover Baby Pillow (F) Is another “roll prevention” pillow that looks sorta like a horse shoe. You place your baby right in the middle of it and its supposed to keep them in place.
The first thing to do is make sure your baby’s new rolling mobility is not generating a hazardous sleep situation. If you are still swaddling your baby for sleep, you will want to stop doing it when he/she can roll over because a swaddled baby is not supposed to sleep face-down. Additionally, all this rolling will loosen his swaddle blanket blankets and this can pose a huge suffocation risk. Go for a sleep sack as opposed to swaddling.
Make sure the baby’s sleep surface is even and free of any toys, stuffed animals, pillows, or loose blankets. Since your baby can roll, the entire sleeping area will have to be baby proofed as it is considered fair game.
When trying to stop babies from rolling over during sleep, most parents usually feel the need to flip their babies back onto their backs if they roll onto their stomachs. After all, back sleeping is considered much safer than tummy sleeping. Nevertheless, several medical experts recommend letting the baby sleep on her stomach if she rolls over as it is safer.
You have to consider that now if your baby knows how to roll onto their stomach, they are safe to sleep that way. However, you should definitely talk to your healthcare provider first to get the go-ahead before letting your baby sleep on his tummy after rolling over during sleep.
You also need to practice rolling both ways with the baby during the day as much as possible. You should also practice right before bedtime so it is still fresh when he steps into the crib. Start the rolling plan before bedtime because the baby’s will to sleep is much higher during the night and they are less capable of fighting you because they are overwhelmed with sleep. When bedtime is no longer a problem, naps will also cease to become an issue.
I hope this answered your question, “How do I stop baby from rolling over in sleep” Please let me know how you are dealing with your little one now rolling around. Are you thrilled that your baby has reached a new milestone or are you worried about your baby’s safety? Let me know in the comments below!