face down/downwards

with the face or front towards the ground

Keith was lying face down on the bed.

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But what if the face of the baby facing towards the mom's chest & we don't see the baby's face, as the following picture

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Is it correct to say "the baby is lying face down in her arms" in this situation?

Or should we say "the baby is lying with the face facing the mommy's front"?

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As I think you realise, "face down" is not correct for the situation in that second photo - the mothers face is pointing down, but since she is clearly standing upright the phrase doesn't fit for either person.

I'm struggling to come up with a perfect replacement, but if you want to say that the baby's face is hidden, then "the baby's face is hidden as it snuggles in to its mothers arms" would work.

  • Should we say "the baby is lying with the face facing the mommy's front"?
    – Tom
    Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 12:44
  • @Tom I think we can do better than that - it comes across as very clumsy, and technically the baby isn't really 'lying'. How about: "the baby is facing into its mummy's chest." (I think 'snuggled' is better than 'facing' but not sure how international that is.)
    – MikeB
    Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 12:48
  • you mean "her mommy's chest" or "it's mommy's chest"?
    – Tom
    Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 12:58

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