I never really worried about my babies being on their bellies but they were both big, strong, and had good head control from birth. The biggest risk with young babies on their bellies is that the weight of their own bodies can keep their lungs from expanding, and that just didn't feel like a problem with mine. And I didn't worry about them scooting into something because they would just move their head or their whole body away. I pretty much gave birth to 3-month-olds, LOL! I always put them down on their backs, but if they wouldn't settle down, I'd flip them over and then they'd be out like a light. I would also put their thumbs in their mouths if they woke up at night; if they just needed to suck something without being hungry, I'd much rather they do it on a thumb than on me.
We never mastered the art of the sleeping baby. I think we were just too jumpy ourselves and they could smell our parental fear.
Juliet still gets up in the night and comes to visit me. I am always much too tired to send her back upstairs, plus she's very cuddly and the time will come when she has no interest in snuggling, so I just make the best of it, although we reward her with a later bedtime when she hasn't come down for a couple of nights.
Babies? Oy. I never slept. My own sleep hasn't been the same since the day Nathaniel was born anyway. But both kids were super early risers as babies and sometimes woke up constantly all night, just to drive us bonkers. Good thing they're so cute.
That made me laugh. Like dogs or bees...
Originally Posted by freddieflounder101
Dh had no idea how easy we had it...I think he must have thought they would come out sleeping right through the night ;) . Luckily they all slept through the night around 6-8 weeks. Matt was the one who LOVED to be swaddled. He still wraps himself up in his blanket or bedspread every night like a burrito.
So glad he is sleeping better. These little ones just don't understand how much we need sleep!