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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Newborn and Infant Care
What are the sleeping positions for baby
want to know how to sleep my baby. Should it be propped on it`s side/to side
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended since 1992 that infants be placed to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Since that time, the number of infants sleeping on the bellies has decreased from more than 70% to approximately 20% of US infants, and the SIDS rate has decreased by more than 40%.
Many new parents worry about the shape of their baby's head if they sleep on their back all of the time, but babies can be placed in other positions (tummy, sides) when they are being closely watched and if they should fall asleep reposition them to their back.
Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati