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The Best Sleeping Positions

by Allison Hutton | 2 Comments

The most important information a parent can remember is that SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) occurs far less when babies sleep on their backs. You are sure to encounter advice from well-meaning people that tell you "my kids slept on their stomachs and were fine." Ignore this advice. Much research has been conducted, and the consensus is that infants are at far less risk when placed on their backs to sleep.

According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, there is also a decreased risk of choking when a baby sleeps on her back. There are special circumstances that dictate a baby sleep on her stomach, but if this applies to your child, your doctor will tell you.

However, when baby is awake, feel free to place her on her tummy from time to time, to allow for proper development of head and neck muscles.

The Canadian Pediatric Society also notes that once baby can roll onto her tummy by herself, it is not necessary to force her to sleep on her back.

Regardless of the sleeping position, however, there are some important facts to remember. Never use soft mattresses, fluffy pillows, comforters, or stuffed toys in the baby's crib. The use of these things could prevent air circulation around your baby's face. If you have any questions regarding the best sleep position for your baby, ask your doctor.

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harneet Nov 22, 2012 08:56:02 PM ET

My 4 month baby sleep on his side and on back.he do not sleep at day time he sleep just few mintues and then awake but at night time he sleep when i lay down with

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aster Jan 14, 2012 05:31:12 AM ET

Hi. my 8 month baby start to sleep by his tummy. when i see him i keep back to him on his back? is that any problem if i let him on his tummy?

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