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SAFE SLEEP: My Baby Rolled Over During Sleep. Is That Safe?

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There will be times when parenting is hard. There is a lot of information on baby care. There are many different opinions on how to care for an infant. Babies need you to care for them. Trusted sources and home visitors know best.  You should always follow the most up to date recommendations by trusted sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, and your own physician. When it comes to sleep time, all parents and caregivers should know and follow the safe sleep rules.

One of the most common questions about safe sleep is what to do if your baby turns over during sleep. You should always place your baby on their back for every sleep. That is one of the rules of safe sleep. You might notice your baby flip onto their stomach during sleep. That is OK. There is no need to wake them up to turn them over.

Why? If your baby is around 4 to 6 months old, rolling over is a natural part of development. Your baby is strong enough to use their muscles to turn over during sleep. Just make sure that your baby starts on their back to sleep. Never place your baby on their stomach.

To decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, clear the crib of any toys, bumpers, sleep wedges, blankets, or pillows. Follow all the rules of safe sleep to give your little one a safe nights rest.

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