Just to make things clear, I have no plans on letting little miss sleep on her belly. If she chooses to sleep on her belly sometime in the future, when she is able to easily roll from belly to back with no issues, then that is great for her, but for now I will always make sure that she is on her back or side.
…but I was thinking, why do all the grandparents keep telling me that we (me, my sister, my husband, my husbands brother) slept through the night at six weeks, or two months, or “definitely by three months!” Why am I constantly feeling like I have a baby that just loves to be awake every three hours and will never ever ever sleep longer? Well, then I started thinking about how my generation was put on their tummies to sleep. This really sparked something in the dark, tired part of my brain that doesn’t get much action anymore. When babies are put onto their tummies, they are better able to get gas out. I know just from the past week of “super catch-up tummy time” that as soon as she is on her belly, she burps and poots like a mad woman. Even if I’ve just spent the past ten minutes burping her, she will still let loose as soon as she’s on her belly. So this is my theory, babies sleep better on their bellies because they are getting that gas out. They aren’t uncomfortable, their bellies don’t hurt, they don’t want to get up and nurse to ease their belly pain.
Again, I would never let Emmy sleep on her belly until she is old enough to roll herself over, but what if this is the reason our parents keep telling us that we slept so much better? Maybe they aren’t just being annoying. Maybe they aren’t just trying to make us feel like we are doing something wrong. Maybe, just maybe, the way we were put to sleep helped us sleep better and longer sooner JUST because of the gas issues. Maybe this is why reflux and spitting up issues are rampant now. I’d much rather be up a few times a night with her than to ever increase the risk of SIDS…. no question about it, but what if?
Just a thought…