New safety guidelines for babies stress no co-sleeping or inclined sleeping, and no crib decorations


The American Academy of Pediatrics stated Tuesday that co-sleeping is unsafe for infants.

“We know many parents choose a bed to share with their child, for example, to aid with breastfeeding or because it is safer,” stated Dr Rebecca Carlin. She co-authored the technical report and guidelines from the AAP Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn in a statement.

Carlin, a Columbia University Irving Medical Center assistant professor in pediatrics, stated that “the evidence is clear” that co-sleeping significantly increases the risk of a baby dying or being injured. “The AAP does not support bed-sharing under any circumstance.”

This is just one of the many recommendations the AAP made to pediatricians to stem the tide of infant deaths.

According to the AAP, approximately 3,500 infants die each year from sleep-related deaths in the United States, many of them being in socially disadvantaged areas.

The AAP stated in a statement that “the rate of sudden unplanned infant deaths (SUIDs), among Black and American Indian/Alaska Native infants, exceeded double and nearly triple that of white infants (85 for 100 000 live births, respectively) in 2010-2013.”

“We have made great strides in understanding what keeps infants safe while they sleep, but there is still much to do,” Dr Rachel Moon (lead author of the guidelines and professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia) stated in a statement.

You can sleep in the same room but have a separate bed.

Although the AAP strongly discourages co-sleeping in its guidelines, it has updated them to say that babies should be able to sleep separately for at least six months with their parents on a separate sleeping surface.

Based on the new First Candle. This national nonprofit is committed to eliminating SIDS and other sleep-related infant death through education and advocacy.

The best is naked

According to the AA, parents should put their babies to bed on their backs, on a firm, flat mattress with a fitted sheet. Soft toys, blankets and pillows can trap babies.

“Crib bumpers have been associated with more than 100 infant deaths in the past 30 years,” states the AAP on their consumer site,

Parents who want the best for their children often use these products in good faith. Carol Pollack-Nelson is a psychologist who studies the use of consumer products.

“When their baby is crying or having difficulty settling in the big crib, they realize that they need to warm up the crib. Pollack Nelson stated that her baby was born in the womb.

Jacobson stated that babies don’t need to be wrapped in cushioned products to stay warm and comfortable. Instead of a blanket or sheet, wrap your baby in a swaddle bag or wearable blanket.

Jacobson stated that SIDS could be linked to excessive blankets or clothing on infants, particularly in warm rooms.

She said babies don’t need more than an adult would wear.

The AAP stated bumpers are unnecessary because crib slats can now be regulated to be placed close together. The AAP stated that stores now sell vertical crib liners and mesh bumpers. However, even these can become strangulation hazards if they get too loose. The academy also warned that babies could get trapped between the crib mattress and them.”

Allowable incline less than 10%

The CPSC banned all products marketed as infant sleepers that are more than 10% inclined. The AAP stated these include inclined sleepers and positioners (also known as baby nests and docks). Although some of these products are not intended to be used as sleep aids for babies, many babies fall asleep using them.

The APP stated that many of these products are steeper than 30%, which could pose a danger to babies’ heads as they sleep. The chin-to-chest position can cause suffocation and restrict the baby’s airway. The AAP warns infants to roll out of the devices and get trapped underneath them.

The Safe Sleep for Babies Act was passed last year. It prohibits the sale and manufacture of crib bumpers and inclined sleepers.

According to the AAP, baby airways can be blocked by infant slings, strollers, swings and car seats. So if a baby falls asleep in one of these, which is almost inevitable, parents should get the child to lie down on a firm surface.

Avoid using commercial devices that are intended to cause SIDS.

The AAP’s new guidance also warns against commercial devices that claim they can reduce SIDS risk or other sleep-related issues.

Jacobson stated that you should also avoid home cardiorespiratory monitoring devices — which monitor babies’ heart rate and oxygen levels — to lower the risk of SIDS. Unfortunately, there is no evidence they work.

She said that products that claim to improve sleep safety could give parents a false sense of security, which “could lead to infant safe sleeping practices being reduced.”

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