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Newborn and Infant Care

What are the sleeping positions for baby

10/17/2005

Question:

want to know how to sleep my baby. Should it be propped on it`s side/to side

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati