A few weeks ago, Jacob started sleeping on his side. In fact, he couldn’t fall asleep until he was resting comfortably on his side. During naps, he was pretty still while he slept. At night however, he was quite the busybody! After falling asleep on his side, he would roll on to his back and then onto his other side and he put his feet on the slats in the crib and pushed off them to the next slat all the way around the crib. We would say he was walking the perimeter. He would roll from one side to the other and from the top end of the crib to the bottom all night long. Every time I looked at the monitor I would have to move the camera to find him in his crib because he was never in the same place. But he stayed asleep through all this, except when he got himself wedged into a corner and couldn’t get out then he would start to fuss and one of us would go flip him over or move him down and he would go right back to sleep. It was kind of fun since I never knew where he was going to be in the morning when we woke up and it provided lots of entertainment watching him wiggle around on the monitor. Our joke is instead of watching our 60 inch TV…we are glued to the 2.5 inch baby monitor!
I would put him to sleep this way
All night long he would move around…(sorry for the bad photos, I wasn’t about to turn the light on and risk waking him up to improve the focus for this shot)
And I never knew what position he would be in when we woke up
Now, however…He has discovered sleeping on his stomach. One night he went to sleep on his side like usual, I woke up in the middle of the night and looked at the monitor and he was sleeping on his stomach, I flew out of bed and raced into his room and immediately flipped him over. An hour later, I woke up again and he was back on his belly, I didn’t panic that time, but I did go flip him over. Then some time later I woke up a 3rd time and he was back on his belly again, I gave up. I closed my eyes and said “Lord, I’m turning it over to you, please keep him breathing.” I know babies sleep on their bellies all the time, but these days they really make a big deal about putting babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS. Jacob is now past that phase, but because of that it is kind of scary to see your child make the transition to sleeping on their stomach for the first time.
For a little guy who has never been a fan of tummy time, now LOVES to sleep on his belly. Every time I put him down for a nap or to bed for the night, he immediately flips onto his belly, and tucks his legs underneath him and starts to push up, it looks like he is going to take off crawling at any minute when he does that. He does this for about 10 minutes before he falls asleep, we say he’s doing his exercises before bed.