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What to do if your baby rolls over in the middle of the night?

Having a baby is like riding a roller coaster. It's thrilling, it's unpredictable, and it can leave you feeling a little queasy at times. One moment, your little bundle of joy is peacefully sleeping on their back, and the next moment, they've rolled over onto their tummy. What's a parent to do? Don't panic! We've got you covered with some tips on what to do if your baby rolls over in the middle of the night.

1. Keep calm and carry on (with a quick check)

First things first, take a deep breath and resist the urge to wake your baby up. Rolling over is a normal part of their development, and chances are, they're perfectly fine. However, it's always a good idea to do a quick check to make sure they're in a safe sleeping position. If they're on their tummy and their face is turned to the side, they're good to go. If not, gently roll them back onto their back and let them continue their sweet dreams.

2. Create a safe sleep environment

Prevention is key when it comes to keeping your baby safe during sleep. Make sure their sleep environment is free of any hazards that could increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Remove pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals from the crib, and ensure that the mattress is firm and snugly fitted. A sleep sack can also be a great option to keep your little acrobat cozy without the need for loose bedding.

3. Level up your swaddle game

If your baby is a master of the roll and has outgrown the swaddle, it might be time to level up your swaddle game. Transitioning to a sleep sack with arms out can give your little one the freedom to roll over while still providing a cozy and secure sleep environment. It's like giving them a little superhero cape to conquer the night!

4. Adjust the sleep position

If your baby is consistently rolling over onto their tummy during sleep, it might be time to adjust their sleep position. Start by putting them to sleep on their back, but if they roll over onto their tummy, you can let them be. As long as they can roll over both ways and their sleep environment is safe, there's no need to intervene. They're just exploring their newfound mobility and getting ready to take on the world!

Remember, every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Trust your instincts, embrace the adventure, and enjoy the ride (even if it's a little bumpy at times). Before you know it, your baby will be rolling over, crawling, and walking their way into your heart.

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