When can babies sleep on their stomachs?

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When can babies sleep on their stomachs?

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When you are thinking about preventing against SIDS, it's good to know a few things about sudden infant death. First of all, the majority of SIDS happen between the age of two to four months old. We really want to try to put babies on their back which has reduced the instances of SIDS tremendously since the "Back to Sleep" campaign. What researchers say, however, is that once a baby is able to roll over on their own on to their side or their tummy, and they like it and want to sleep on their side or their tummy, we can't stand over their crib and flip them over every two minutes. So basically, and I've asked researchers this many times, when the baby can roll independently and want to sleep on their side or their tummy, we need to let them do that. Let's keep everything else in the crib SIDS safe. Nothing in the crib. A good crib mattress, nice airflow in the crib, not over heating the baby; those types of situations.

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Jill Spivack, LCSW, completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern California. She developed an expertise in parenting while working as a psychotherapist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Early Childhood Department. Jill, a mother of two children, went on to develop a sub-specialty in pediatric sleep disorders while working in New York City at a parenting center after experiencing sleep problems with her first child. In 1999, upon returning to Los Angeles, Jill co-founded the pediatric sleep firm Childsleep.

Recognizing that today's parents were lacking the essential support, education, and sense of community they sought to do their best, Jill was inspired to co-found Sleepy Planet.  Offering a wide variety of services, Sleepy Planet helps parents of babies, toddlers, and young children with behavioral sleep problems through private consultations, and provides parent education, psychotherapy, and professional presentations on a wide variety of topics, including the transition to parenthood, child development and behavior, sibling rivalry, marital issues, and how to balance work and family. In addition, Jill holds weekly groups for new and second-time mothers to allow parents to share experiences and emotions, ask questions, and support one another through the journey of parenthood. 

Jill is also the co-creator of The Sleepeasy Solution, a book and DVD that show parents how to break difficult sleep habits without breaking their hearts in the process.  She has been featured in a variety of media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, The Los Angeles Times, Parenting, Variety and has appeared numerous times on The Today Show. She is also a co-consultant for Pajanimals, a new television project with the Jim Henson Company airing on PBS Kids Sproutthat features four adorable puppets who model for preschoolers, the skills they need to manage the various emotions and issues that they confront in early childhood. 

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