Hi folks. I wanted to share our mistakes to maybe help folks make a better decision than we did.
My 9 month old son had CVR for metopic about 2 weeks ago. The doctor told us that he needs to sleep on his back for 6 weeks. Of course it seemed like an insurmountable task. When he came home we tried to have him sleep with us, but he woke up about every hour screaming because we wouldn't let him roll over. Then we tried to elevate his crib and surround him with rolled towels and blankets, but he got up over those. Finally we figured if we padded his crib with pillows then at least he wouldn't be putting much pressure on his head.
Yesterday we noticed something poking out at his temple. We took him to the doctor and sure enough one of the bones had pushed up and out of place from him sleeping on the side of his head. The feeling of pure failure is indescribable.
When we brought him home from the hospital we thought a swing would work, but he was too big for it so we moved onto the other tries listed above. Last night we went and bought a bigger swing, and after he screamed for 2 hours from being strapped in by the 5 point harness, he passed out and slept all night.
We have an amazing doctor - Dr. David Matthews - and he did beautiful work but of course there are some fragile parts while it heals. I just wanted to pass this on so that people know that though it seems like you can figure out a way around this sleeping on their back thing, please don't. It is so hard to watch your baby struggle - but so much worse when you mess up the reconstruction.