Safe Sleeping for Your Newborn

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You might love to sleep on your stomach…or your side. And your baby may like it, too. While this is a cozy position for your newborn on your chest, in the rocker, or on the couch, do not put your newborn in any position besides on their back when they are sleeping in their crib or in your bed. I'll tell you why.

There is no proof of what causes SIDS. However, numerous studies have been done to examine possibilities.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)… every parent's nightmare. There is no proof of what causes SIDS. However, numerous studies have been done to examine possibilities. The number one advice given to parents to reduce the risk of SIDS is this: babies should sleep on their backs.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development initiated the “Back to Sleep” campaign in the early 1990s, trying to reduce the heart-wrenching tragedy SIDS, or “crib death.” The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that since the campaign, incidences of SIDS have gone down over 50 percent! Since the study was completed and numerous studies followed, the AAP even suggests that side-sleeping is potentially dangerous because it's possible the infant could roll to the stomach. The only recommend sleep position is on the back.

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You may have read that if your baby has acid reflux that stomach sleeping is the only solution. Before you go that route, talk with your pediatrician about all the different methods you can try to ease your baby's pain. For example, sleeping upright seems to help babies with this issue; ask your doctor about using the swing or elevating the crib mattress.

Be sure to always put your baby on his or her back for sleeping. (And don't worry about when they're old enough to roll; they'll be able to lift their heads if need be or flip back over.) Also, be sure to inform all your child's caregivers of your Back to Sleep policy. Even if they're from the generation that put their babies on their stomachs and “they're just fine,” tell them it's important to you, and feel free to throw out some statistics their way.

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For more information regarding SIDS and the recommendations of the AAP, visit this website, here.

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15 comments

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    She slept with me for 5 months! We were worried about SIDs too and having her near me makes me feel somehow secure. i know some would argue not to put the baby in an adult bed but it works for us.

  2. LIZ says:

    i was so scare thinking that my baby was gonna die from suffocating, but with the time i just learn to keep calm and try to rest too

  3. she is sleeping better and longer at night now than before 🙂

  4. __jackie4 says:

    helped me understand a lot when my baby first came

  5. Sidrah says:

    very helpful information

  6. wendy says:

    excellent info tanks

  7. ai101 says:

    A close friend of mine just lost her baby yesterday to SIDS </3 saddest thing ever…. it also now adds to my worries about my own little one who will be here in march 🙁

  8. Great info for grandparents that still think a baby should sleep on their tummy.

  9. I was a roller when I was a baby but mostly slept on my back. BACK TO SLEEP <3

  10. Bebe+Emmys says:

    My daughter lays down on her back and ends up on her side, on her own. She’s almost 5 weeks. Some things you just can’t control.

  11. Leeana says:

    My baby sleeps on her back, she does good

  12. MagPie13 says:

    my baby sleeps on her back all the time

  13. Marti says:

    MY SON IS 6WEEKS, AND HE DOESN’T LIKE TO SLEEP ON HIS BACK HE LIKES TOO SLEEP ON HIS BELLY

  14. Joyelle says:

    I always put my baby to sleep on her back. I did this with her big sister too. Lately when I go to check on her she is in the opposite direction than they way I put her down and she is on her tummy.

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