Babies should be sleeping on their backs, not on their sides or stomachs. That’s the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. When some researchers began suggesting that sudden infant death syndrome was linked to stomach sleeping over 20 years ago doctors and parents were skeptical. But ongoing studies have shown that sudden infant death is less common when babies sleep on their backs. In addition, the Academy recommends that parents keep crib bumpers, pillows, quilts out of the crib where the baby sleeps. They also suggested that the crib could be in the parents bedroom but that babies should not sleep with parents in the big bed.

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  1. sonja

    When my son was born in the UK I was told he had to sleep on his stomach. He really disliked sleeping on his stomach and as soon as he was able he would turn on his back.
    I remember the health visitor telling me off when she saw him on his back and turned him round to sleep on his stomach. After she had left I checked in on him and he was back on his back! I decided to leave him like this as it was obvious that he prefered it. I don’t think it is natural to sleep on your stomach. I have tried and get really bad neck pain..

  2. jla

    I am concerned a sleeping baby laying on their back might aspirate on formula or juice if it comes up. How on earth could they do anything to prevent this from taking their life? I am sorry, but I think a baby should be put on it’s side so any liquid might spill out of their mouth, but I agree with not putting them on their stomach.

  3. cpmt

    In Europe ALWAYS the babes sleep on their backs, NEVER on their stomachs. When I came to this country I couldn’t understand why the Dr. told me to put my baby on her stomach, my mother told me not to do that. I guess she was right.

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