Since the Back to Sleep campaign started over 10 years ago, SIDS related deaths have been reduced. That doesn't mean...
Since the Back to Sleep campaign started over 10 years ago, SIDS related deaths have been reduced. That doesn't mean we've solved the problem though. Some studies as recent as last year show that up to 20% of parents admit to putting their baby on his stomach to sleep. Many babies sleep better on their tummy but that's a terrible reason to put your baby on his stomach at bedtime. Here are some basic points that you should always follow because they can reduce your baby's chances of dying from SIDS.
  • Always put your baby on his back to sleep. At night, for naps, for ten minute marathon snoozes. Always back to sleep; no exceptions.
  • Never place your baby on his side to sleep -- some studies report that this can double the SIDS risk.
  • Allow your baby to sleep with a pacifiers. Recent studies show that pacifiers can reduce the risk of SIDS. The AAP reports that this may be because when your baby has a pacifier he won't fall into such a deep sleep.
  • Don't smoke around your baby or let anyone else smoke around him.
  • Keep his crib or bed (if co-sleeping) away from a major heat source such as a heater blaring on high.
  • Keep all blankets off of your baby. If your baby seems cold dress him in warm baby pajamas but skip the blanket until your baby turns one years old.
  • Stop worrying once when your baby flips over onto his tummy. If he's doing this, then he can flip himself back over.

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