by mlcoltrain (72 Posts), Sun Nov 07, 2004 09:21 am
What position did your preemie sleep in when they came home. My DD was born 7/24/04 at 27.5 weeks and just came home on Oct. 8th, she is on an apnea monitor, and now oxygen only at night. She is will be 3wks adjusted on Tuesday. She was a stomach sleeper in the NICU, I know they tend to have them sleep on their tummies because it's easier to curl them up into a ball that way also. They did try to get her to sleep on her side or her back and for a while she would sleep on her side, but never her back, she hated it, would fuss a lot. Eventually all the nurses learned that DD slept best on her stomach so that is where they put her. Now we are at home and her doctor says she should sleep on her back but he also said it's ok for now that she is on her stomach since she is on her apnea monitior. Since we brought her home we've been putting her down on her stomach, but we are thinking that we should start transitioning her to sleeping on her back, but she hates it. The only time I can get her to actually not fuss on her back is if she is just bone tired or hold her until she is in such a deep sleep she doesn't even notice when I put her down. We still let her sleep on her stomach at night, but DH wants me to try to get her to sleep on her back during the day. Of course he is not home to listen to her cry. I am not sure if she doesn't like her back because she can't move her head as much or her body, because when she is on her stomach she will pick her head up and turn it and look the other way, and sometimes I notice her frustration when she is on her back and trying to move her head. And we place her near the bottom of her bassinet so there is something for her to push off on, she likes to push with her legs and that is harder for her to do on her back, her legs just end up flailing in the air. We have one of those foam brace things that you can prop a baby on to get them to sleep on their side, but she doesn't like that either. I am just at a loss, I've read that preemies are more at risk of SIDS and that stomach sleeping isn't good for it either. I have a friend whose baby is a stomach sleeper but she was a term baby. We do have a baby monitor that detects motion and sound for when she finally is in her crib and off her monitors, but I'm just scared that it could be bad if we continue to just let her sleep on her stomach (once she is off the monitors). I know that some babies are just stomach sleepers, and DD might be one, I guess I am just wondering what the risks are if we just let her be, or any suggestions on getting her to sleep on her back.
DD - Morgan (7/27/04-27.5wks-severe PE/HELLP/Low Fluid)