Is it dangerous for my baby to roll over at night?

Q: I always put my baby to sleep on her back, but she's taken to rolling onto her tummy. Is this dangerous?

A: Many parents worry when their child starts rolling over at night, but once infants reach this stage of development, they're generally no longer at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which occurs most often between 2 and 4 months. While you shouldn't drive yourself crazy constantly rolling your sleeping baby back over, you should still put her down on her back and check with your pediatrician to make sure she doesn't have any other risk factors for SIDS, such as being born prematurely or being exposed to secondhand smoke regularly. Also, continue to avoid putting anything in her crib, such as extra blankets, pillows, or stuffed toys that she can roll onto, which can pose a suffocation hazard.

Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the February 2002 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009


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