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Not sure if anyone can help. My 4 1/2 month old started rolling over a couple of weeks ago. On Christmas day he rolled from his back to his tummy all day on his play mat. That night when he woke up in his crib-he kept rolling over (from back to stomach). This has been going on since. Me and my husband take turns going in and flipping him back on his back as we worry about the whole SIDS thing. We have a video monitor so this helps a ton but the worrying that he will not know to put his head to the side is still in the back of our heads. He doesn't know how to roll from his stomach to his back yet. We just accomplished him knowing how to go to sleep on his own but since he started rolling over at night-he wakes himself up, whines until he gets flipped back, and then he rolls right back over. We have been walking zombies these last couple of days and we both work full-time so we need some advice how to get through this. I'm sure teething is right around the corner.
I don't think it is necessary to flip him back over, but mention it to your pediatrican. My pediatrican told me to put him on his back to sleep, but not to worry if he flipped himself over. He said that having the strength to flip himself over meant he also had the control to move his head to the side. Again, this is what my pedi said, so check with yours to be sure.
Ah yes, I remember this stage - and am not looking forward to it again! LOL
Once your baby can roll over on their own, there's not much you can do except keep flipping him over. Sorry! :) At some point we just stopped flipping our son over, and he started sleeping on his tummy. Once they can roll, they've got sufficient head control to be able to turn their heads safely, and enough neck and back strength to lift and turn their heads.
I know that they always say the baby should sleep on their back, but once my daughter could roll onto her stomach I let her sleep that way. She obviously found it more comfortable and she still sleeps that way at the age of 3 1/2.
Have you tried a sleep positioner? We used one from the day we brought home our son, who is now 3 months old. He hated sleeping flat on his back. The positioner has a slightly elevated head and removable velcro side triangle-shaped pieces to keep him from rolling over. It seems to work. Of course, he's just now working on rolling over.
I'll just throw in an agreement with what has already been said. Once they have the strength to roll themselves over they generally have the strength needed to lift and turn their heads as well. Something you could try to allay your fears though is to watch him on a weekend (or your day off depending on your work schedule) when he takes a nap. Instead of flipping him right back just watch and see if he turns his head. If he does so all right, keeps sleeping, and seems comfortable then it doesn't seem like there is much reason for you to need to worry. Hope it works out and you get some sleep! I know how hard it is to go to work feeling like a zombie. :)