Safe sleep positions for babies

Safe sleep positions for babies
Right from the very days of a baby's life parents will be preoccupied with safety, and this includes sleeping positions for babies. You will want your baby to have the best sleep conditions because we all know that sleep is essential for proper overall development.

Therefore, it is necessary to know and which would be the most indicated and most dangerous sleep positions of babies. The critical thing to note is that you continuously need to supervise your newborn not to end up in a perilous sleeping position.

  • Lying on the belly: the worst sleeping position for a baby. Studies had shown that babies sleeping on their belly are 50% more inclined to die from "sudden death syndrome" compared with the babies sleeping on their back. This has a lot to do with how much oxygen babies are able to get when sleeping on their belly.

  • Lying on the back: the safest sleeping position babies. Experts around the world agree on the fact that the safest sleeping position for babies is on their back. Even if some babies may be inclined to change their sleeping position during the night, especially in they're third to six months of life when certain reflexes kick in and babies tend to switch on their side.
Here are a few simple ways to make sure your baby has a good night sleep:

  • You can implement a soft and gentle belly massage to help the baby calm down an get sleepy on its back.
  • A humidifier can help a lot if the humidity in the room is too low or too high.
  • Don't lay your baby on fluffy textures, especially during sleep.
  • Having the baby surrounded by toys and stuff animals won't help and can do more harm than good.
  • You can help your baby sleep on the back by fixing the head on a cushion or a pillow.


That is some good advice. I remember when my kids were little they would suggest laying them on their side with rolled blankets around them. They said then that yoi should botblay babies in their backs because they could spit up and choke on it. That was quite a few years ago. Now they have chanhes it to sleeping on their back being the safest position.
Posted by Sue on 11-14-2017
When you say baby that means it is not a year old yet and I guess sleeping on the back is the safest. But when it becomes a toddler who is already active on the floor with the mobility then it would be the side or still the back. But when the baby’s stomach is full then it should not be left lying down. Old folks say that babies also need to digest their food before they sleep.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-17-2018
Side sleeping positions and back sleeping position are the best sleeping positions for the babies. You should change the sleeping position of the baby into side sleeping and back sleeping. This will regulate the breathing and heartbeat as well as shape up your baby's head. If the baby sleeps only in one position, the head may not have a good shape. Bely sleeping is the worst position, it will hinder breathing and heartbeat.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2017
Side sleep position is perfect. That way, the baby can rotate himself side to side, or stay on his back either. Also, when the baby is on side sleep, and he is very full after eating, if in some case he needs to vomit, he would do it in an automatic way, and his air way will be free from pressure. Avoid putting blankets, pillows, fuzzy toys, around the baby, and don't put anklets, bracelets, during bed time, he can take his hands or feet to mouth and swallow it by accident.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-14-2017
I think until they learn to walk on their own. I have heard that side sleeping and back rested positions are good. Though I am not parent myself. I have seen mostly other people making use of those positions for their kids. So that's something is specific to the kids positions and the way babies are being kept. That's what I have observed so far. It depends on per culture too though.
Posted by overcast on 11-15-2017
Babies sleeping on their back is the best position specially from their early days. Plus the fact that we should always check our babies if there's no pillow/ stuff toys beside them to secure their breathing. babies are so fragile that i remember when i first have a baby, i used to checked her breathing to secure that she is ok and just sleeping. i always look at the chest if its breathing. And i guess that's common to the first time moms out there.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-15-2017
I'm amother of two and my pedia always advice me that the best sleeping position for infants is lying on the back to reduce the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), babies always be put to sleep on their back not on their stomach or side. An infant that sleeps on his/her stomach may inhale less oxygen or get rid of carbon dioxide because he/she rebreathing the air from the small pocket of the bedding pulled up to his/her nose. I always check my babies from time to time when they are sleeping especially in their early days.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-15-2017
I have read severally about this lying on the belly not being too good for a baby but I don't know my kids sleeps better and for long on their belly.if they sleep on their back they awake in no time.Will be trying the back position now.
Posted by lovely on 11-15-2017
This is a very informative post. I am sure many parents are unaware about those sleeping positions and how some of them are bad for their kids. I don't have any kids now but I will keep those tips in mind and maybe they will help me in the future.
Posted by Pixie on 11-15-2017
I don't think I'll be having any kids of my own anytime soon but it's definitely good to be aware! I feel that parents grow just as much as kids do and first-time parents can make a lot of mistakes. Information is never too much
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-15-2017
I also have the same opinion as yours. In fact I do not know if I intend to have children, but anyway it is always good to be informed, because useful information is never too much.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-17-2017
I have seen mom making a baby sleep on his stomach, which is a strange position to sleep in, he seems to enjoy it though.
Posted by joey98 on 11-15-2017
Yes. I have heard that the experts say lying on the belly to sleep is not good. However, I've already raised 11 children and every one of them laid on their belly until they could turn themselves over into the position they liked to sleep in. As for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), the reports I heard were that there was a link between women who smoked during their pregnancy and SIDS. Never heard that study about babies lying on their belly and SIDS.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-15-2017
Some doctors once thought that sleeping on the side might be a reasonable alternative to back positioning, but recent evidence has shown that side sleeping also should be avoided for safety reasons.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-16-2017
I heard that baby sleeping on the tummy with side way head had lead to infant deaths. So, I put my baby to sleep on the back or hugging bolster, that was safer
Posted by peachpurple on 11-16-2017
I agree. That is why when my baby sleeps, I always monitor her sleeping from time to time because I don't want any bad things that will happened to my baby. For newborns, I guess changing positions isn't applicable because they don't have that strength yet to move from side to side.
Posted by rage35 on 11-16-2017
Oh wow, I never knew all of this. I don't have kids yet but I do want them in the future so this thread is truly golden and so educational. I didn't know that some positions are so bad and dangerous for the little ones. I will definitely note all of this down and remember it for the future!
Posted by Mehano on 11-16-2017
I don't think lying on the back is the better position for babies because they can easily drown on saliva or something else like the reflux on milk. The best position is lying on the side because they can get suffocated or drown with their own saliva this way.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 11-17-2017
I don't think lying on the back is the better position for babies because they can easily drown on saliva or something else like the reflux on milk. The best position is lying on the side because they can get suffocated or drown with their own saliva this way.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 11-17-2017
I've always put my babies down to sleep on their backs. My daughter, however, would roll onto her side to sleep starting when she was only days old. I figured that was what was most comfortable for her, and at least she wasn't on her belly so it should be fine. My son, to this day (he's 3) still sleeps on his back 90% of the time.

I know some babies just refuse to back sleep, or have GI tract issues that prevent back sleeping from working for them, so in these cases, stomach sleeping seems to work better. If I was in that situation, I would definitely invest in a monitor due to possible breathing issues, as well as suffocation risks from just not being strong enough to move if they need to help their breathing.

The only issue with sleeping on their backs is spit up. You need to make sure to get all the burps out or baby could choke on their vomit.
Posted by Rmarsh1984 on 12-21-2017
This is really a good advice about what's the safest sleep position for babies. We should all remember that babies do have a gentle body that can easily break so we always make sure their safety al the time. Lying on their back is the safest position and don't sleep beside your baby because you might put all your weight on the baby. Thanks for all the advice that you've given. Gladly appreciate it. :)
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-02-2018
I agree that the safest position for a baby in sleeping is lying on the back. That is the most common position that I see in sleeping babies. But one pediatrician said that sleeping face down is healthier although it should be monitored for the baby may have difficulty in breathing when the pillow blocks the face. Anyway, I think we should just let the baby position himself because he will surely change his position to make him feel comfortable.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-22-2018
Recent studies indicate that sleeping on their back is the safest position for babies. This information has helped reduce the incidence of infant death due to SIDS. I didn't encourage my son to be dependent on stuff toys or pillows when he was a baby. His crib was 'minimalist' and I made sure that there was no object that could possibly obstruct the air from freely circulating. Although he slept on his back most of the time, he was incredibly strong at three weeks old and could turn on his side.
Posted by chatbox on 04-15-2018
I don't have a baby yet but I used to take care of a baby before and I was afraid when she slept lying on her belly thinking that I would be hard for her to breathe. So, I decided to change her position in a safe way. But it seemed like she did not want that new position and she returned to the old one.
Posted by superlicca on 11-17-2018