Is there anything cuter than a baby sleeping with their little tushy in the air? I mean, a sleeping baby is ALWAYS adorable. Because they’re, you know, sleeping. But that sleep position has got to be one of the best parts of little babies! Somehow, no matter which position you lay them down in, they find a way to tuck their legs under their bellies and stick that booty into the air. And as it turns out, there’s a reason babies sleep like that.
The reason babies sleep with their butts up like adorable little frogs? They’re just missing the womb, guys.
According to Richard Polin, MD, director of the division of neonatology at Columbia University, the frog legs mimic the position your little one had in your belly. As babies get older and start moving around more, their bodies will naturally fall into the position they’re most comfortable in. It’s the same position babies take when they’re learning to crawl, right? Legs bent, tucked underneath, rocking back and forth until the moment they learn to actually propel themselves in a forward motion. Muscle memory is real!
We all know that sleeping on their back is safest for baby. But once those little buggers start rolling and kicking? All bets are off.
The funny thing is, it’s the back sleeping that helps babies develop the motor skills needed to start rolling and crawling earlier. And if you’ve noticed that the froggy-leg butt-in-the-air position is happening more and more after your baby starts crawling, there’s a reason for that, too. According to Baby Sleep Science, sitting and crawling babies are more likely to fall asleep in the child’s pose position.
If your baby likes to sleep like they’re still tucked up under your rib cage, enjoy it while it lasts! It’s seriously the cutest thing. I tried to lay like that and had to be helped out of the position. Babies are so lucky.
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