Natalie Morales on Baby Sleep
Submitted by Natalie Morales
I confess: I let my newborn sleep on his stomach. I know, I know, being a journalist, I've read all the research that says a baby should sleep on his back. But Luke was very colicky, and it turned out he had really bad GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), so his digestive system was just really immature. We'd have to give him Mylicon drops and he was still constantly spitting up. It made me nervous when he'd fall asleep.
It seemed like when he was more upright and inclined, he was more comfortable. For instance, he slept beautifully in his car seat. But whenever he slept on his back, he'd grunt like he was in pain.
While I was breastfeeding, we co-slept or he was in a bassinet near the bed, so I could keep a close eye on him and I didn't worry as much. But later, when we put him in his own room and he was farther away, I was more concerned. So since he really seemed happier when he was on his tummy, that's how I let him sleep. And guess what? We both can sleep better at night because of it. Is that such a bad thing?
Besides being a mom, Natalie Morales is best known as a national correspondent and co-anchor for the Today show.