Rolling over disrupting sleep? Help!

My son has just discovered how to roll over from back to tummy. He has been able to roll from tummy to back for quite a while, but we knew he'd soon figure out how to go the other way too.

We used to be able to put him in his crib and have him fall asleep with no issues. He prefers to sleep on his back (which is great for this SIDS-paranoid mom). However, now that he can roll over both ways, all he wants to do is practice rolling over! He actually rolls IN HIS SLEEP! Once the movement startles him and wakes him up, he lets out this piercing scream as if he's been hurt (but he hasn't, he is just startled). Then he cries until I come and flip him back over. Although he can roll back over, he doesn't. He just waits for me to come rescue him. I've tried leaving him alone to see if he'd flip himself back onto his back, but he cried for 30 minutes and I just couldn't take it any longer.

This has continued for the past two nights. I should add that he began teething more than a month ago, and it hasn't stopped. The teething pain was keeping him up and preventing us from sleep training him, but now it looks like the teething keeping him up at night is being replaced with the rolling over keeping him up at night!

Did anyone else have to deal with this? I've read that it's common, but how long will this last for? When will he just say to himself, "Ok, I can roll over. Big deal. I'm sleeping now."

I am beyond EXHAUSTED! Any words of wisdom are welcome!

 10 Aug 2011 11:37 AM
 7 Jan 2006
I don't have any great words of wisdom but I just wanted to offer commiseration. That happened for us as well, could have written your post word for word. I tried pillows to keep him from rolling, didn't work, he rolled over them, sleep positioner, didn't help, ended up just letting it run its course. It took a week or two until he he got used to it and went back to sleeping normally. It will pass and until then, enjoy your Starbucks! wink

 10 Aug 2011 12:00 PM
 30 Jun 2007
Raving Lunatic
We're going through this now too.

But I've been finding that the longer ds is rolling at night, the less he wakes up from it. It's almost like he knows what is going on and can figure out that it's OK and that he can roll back if he wants to.

He still cries a couple times a night to get moved back but it's not every hour like it was last week. So I am hopeful that it will continue to decrease until it stops altogether again.

 10 Aug 2011 12:38 PM
 23 Jul 2009
 Nova Scotia
Raving Lunatic
Happened for us too...only half the time he'd sleep on his tummy the other half he'd cry for me to roll him over....i just made sure I did extra tummy time during the day...i even let him scream and cry for awhile before I would roll him over....he now seems to remember he can roll back and we have been having some awesome sleeping nights the last few nights

 10 Aug 2011 12:44 PM
 23 Mar 2006
We had alot of that around that age. I don't know if it was just time that did the trick, or if it helped that during the day we did alot of 'roll practice', but either way it sorted itself out smile

best of luck for a peaceful night!

 10 Aug 2011 1:08 PM
 2 Sep 2005
 Edmonton, Alberta
Thanks everyone! I guess I just have to tough it out. We also tried the sleep positioner, but he just bulldozes over it!

 10 Aug 2011 1:18 PM
 23 Jul 2009
 Nova Scotia
Raving Lunatic
I think it's just one of those "This too shall pass" things. Good luck!

 10 Aug 2011 2:27 PM
 19 Jan 2007
 Ottawa, ON
I'm another one who could have written the OP word for word. We stuck DS back into his woombie and it seems to have done the trick. We had dropped the swaddle, and went back to it. So far he hasn't rolled in a couple of nights!

 10 Aug 2011 2:46 PM
 25 Oct 2007
DD would do this and get super mad, so I'd have to go back in and flip her. One day I went in for the dreamfeed and she was passed out on her tummy, so I guess she just figured out it was actually comfy. Maybe a few days?

 10 Aug 2011 3:00 PM
 18 May 2007
For us it lasted about 2 weeks and then DS discovered how much he loves tummy sleeping.

 11 Aug 2011 9:52 AM
 18 Aug 2008
 Toronto, ON
So common unfortunately frown

My advice is to practice rolling (both ways) with him as much as possible during the day. That way he'll remember how to do it on his own and the novelty will wear off more quickly.

Good luck, and hopefully this phase passes soon!

 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
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