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Old 01-08-2012, 09:30 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by FieryCurls View Post
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves View Post
I'd still swaddle, maybe just a bit looser. Especially if he sleeps on his back. The startle reflex that wakes up back-sleepers continues until about 6 months.

If he's not sleeping as long, either swaddled or not, you could try propping him on his side with rolled blankets. He's probably a natural tummy sleeper and once he's able to roll over onto his tummy, he'll sleep great.

(Personally, I'd put him to sleep on his tummy now, but I know people have the irrational fear of SIDS beaten into them by the BTS campaign.)
I agree. The BTS campaign drives me crazy. Both of my kids are stomach sleepers and I had someone basically call me a bad mother because I will not fight with my children about how they are most comfortable sleeping. Besides, we do everything in the BTS campaign besides putting them on their backs.

I've been called a bad mother too for letting my babies sleep on their tummies. It's ridiculous. There's no scientific proof that BTS prevents SIDS, and I have really looked. BTS is lowest-common-denominator advice...which has ruined the sleep patterns of millions of babies. If you follow the other guidelines, your well-rested tummy-sleeping baby will be just as safe as the screaming non-sleeping BTS babies.
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