The Safest Sleeping Position for the Baby


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Infant Safe Sleeping Position

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Infant Sleep Positioning and SIDS

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Keeping infants safe while they sleep

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Infant Safe Sleep Practices

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AleksandarNakic / Getty Images When it comes to the safest baby sleeping positions for infants, on their back is the clear winner, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The reason: This sleeping position has been shown to reduce the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Why Sleeping on the Back Is Safest for Babies. Sleeping bags with a fitted neck and armholes and no hood are considered the safest. Wrapping a baby in lightweight cotton or muslin also helps in preventing him from rolling onto the tummy during sleep.

Avoid overheating: Infants should be clothed lightly for sleep. Avoid over-bundling and check if the baby is not hot to touch. Sleep on the back – place your baby on her back for sleep at night and for naps.

You can practice tummy time during the day when your child is awake and you are present to monitor her to strengthen her neck and shoulder muscles. Designated sleep space – your baby should have her own sleep space with a firm mattress and a tight-fitting sheet. Safe Sleep for Your Baby Doreen McComas, Maternal Infant Health Program Coordinator.

One of the goals in our Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is to talk to parents and caregivers about SAFE SLEEP for babies. Because babies spend a lot of time sleeping, safe sleep is a big priority. In 2019, Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play and other “inclined sleepers” were recalled after they were associated with at least 50 infant deaths.

A story by the Washington Post raised further questions about how these sleepers were designed and regulated, as well as reminding parents about the importance of following safe sleep guidelines to reduce the risk of sudden infant death. Sleeping on your left side is often referred to as the “ideal” scenario during pregnancy. Positioning yourself on the left side of your body allows for optimal blood flow from the inferior vena. Sleeping on your side is the best position for you and your baby during pregnancy, especially once you’re more than halfway through. You can use pillows under your belly, between your legs, and behind your back if you like.

You can lean back against a. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthy infants be placed on their backs for sleep, as this is the safest position for an infant to sleep. Putting your baby to sleep on his back decreases his chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is responsible for more infant deaths in the United States than any other cause during the first.

Back sleeping is the best way to reduce the risk of SIDS and is the recommended position until babies can roll over fully on their own―even for babies with reflux. 2. Transfer a sleeping baby to a firm, flat safe sleep surface when not traveling. According to the vast majority of pediatricians as well as the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD,) if your baby is healthy and if you haven’t received alternative instruction from your pediatrician, the safest sleeping position for your baby is on his or her back.

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Pay attention to baby’s sleep position To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), it’s important to place your baby to sleep on his or her back.

“Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year” by Mayo Clinic
from Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year
by Mayo Clinic
RosettaBooks, 2012

Wherever the baby sleeps, it is considered safer for the baby to sleep on her back, rather than side or tummy.

“Choices in Relationships” by David Knox, Caroline Schacht, I. Joyce Chang
from Choices in Relationships
by David Knox, Caroline Schacht, I. Joyce Chang
SAGE Publications, 2019

Because prone positioning is associated with increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), supine positioning during sleep in infants is recommended.

“Pediatric Primary Care E-Book” by Catherine E. Burns, Ardys M. Dunn, Margaret A. Brady, Nancy Barber Starr, Catherine G. Blosser, Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks
from Pediatric Primary Care E-Book
by Catherine E. Burns, Ardys M. Dunn, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

Although the lateral position for sleeping has also been recommended, positioning infants on their sides may not be as safe, because the infant may roll over into the prone position.

“Swaiman's Pediatric Neurology E-Book: Principles and Practice” by Kenneth F. Swaiman, Stephen Ashwal, Donna M Ferriero, Nina F Schor
from Swaiman’s Pediatric Neurology E-Book: Principles and Practice
by Kenneth F. Swaiman, Stephen Ashwal, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

The side position was considered a reliable alternative to the prone sleeping position, but the American Academy of Pediatrics now recognizes the supine sleeping position as the only safe position that reduces the risk of SIDS.

“Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease E-Book” by Vinay Kumar, Abul K. Abbas, Jon C. Aster
from Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease E-Book
by Vinay Kumar, Abul K. Abbas, Jon C. Aster
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Babies sleeping on their side have an increased risk of SIDS compared to babies lying in the supine position; the increased risk can be attributed in part to babies being able to roll into a prone position.

“Mayes' Midwifery E-Book: A Textbook for Midwives” by Sue Macdonald
from Mayes’ Midwifery E-Book: A Textbook for Midwives
by Sue Macdonald
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Infants put to sleep on their sides may easily roll over to a prone (face-down) position, thus placing them at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

“Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Lisa Keenan-Lindsay, David Wilson, Cheryl A. Sams
from Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

Due to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, a prone position cannot be recommended for sleep.9 Older children may have some relief from GERD when they lie on their left side or with the head of the bed elevated.

“Integrative Medicine E-Book” by David Rakel
from Integrative Medicine E-Book
by David Rakel
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

The safest sleeping position for babies is.

“Essentials of Psychology” by Douglas Bernstein
from Essentials of Psychology
by Douglas Bernstein
Cengage Learning, 2018

Safe Sleeping, Positioning, and Holding The AAP recommends placing the infant in the supine position for sleep during the first year of life to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

“Maternity and Women's Health Care E-Book” by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden
from Maternity and Women’s Health Care E-Book
by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

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  • i was in the hospital with my daughter. my mother noticed the newborn baby in the crib next to us. she said go see why the baby was making jerking movements. Omg the baby was throwing up and swallowing the vomit and could not breath. IF my mother did not see that the baby would have died. i rolled the baby over and the baby started breathing. I was so scared my heart was racing, i told the nurses what happened and they ignored me. i was so upset. when i went home i cryed when i came back the baby was put into a carage and parked next to the nurses. i was afraid they did not care. i told everyone i knew about that and warned them never leave a baby on their back.

  • I am glad for this video. Its good to have guidance to how to cosleep, asthere is no right or wrong way to parent. We all do what we decite to be right for our child. I am such a light sleeper that cosleeping might be either best or worst, we will not know until we try. But surely helps a lot if you breastfeed a lot through the night and still want to get some sleep.

  • I’m actually beginning to think this is a lie.

    Just read the examples first in the comments section.

    Example one. My friend recently told me her daughter might be suffering from sleep apnea. ( She’s over weight for one that’s not healthy.) so I went on google to see how she can not stop breathing at night. ( will get to that part below.)

    Example 2. My Dad is terrible for snoring ( and somethings my hubby) he got louder during the night. And sometimes stopped breathing. She would wake him up and say. Lie on your side you’re snoring. It stopped.

    Example 3. My son when he was born had difficulties breathing. He was born 5 weeks premature. He has had a few spells of being poorly, cold, virus, severe flu. And has ended up twice in hospital with breathing difficulties. I would be placing him on his back. He struggled to breathe. When he was first admitted to hospital he was put on an oxygen box over his head. Lying on his back. His oxygen level dropped. He was diagnosed early too with sleep apnea. He is also a twin, he has an older sister ( by 2 minutes).

    Example 4. I watched a video on Facebook the other day of a 2 and a half week old baby being resuscitated he had mucous of milk in his mouth. His step grandma said he was choking!!

    She too I noticed stopped breathing at night. The hospital turned my son on his side. His oxygen levels rose!!!

    I googled how to heal or help sleep apnea naturally. You lie on your side. The tongue relaxes during sleep. It drops back. Blocking a percentage of oxygen. So there you have it.

    That’s why I think this is a lie. The baby can choke on vomit. FACT. Is this one of the reasons for SIDS!!

  • What animal sleeps away from the youngest? Bedsharing is natural and safe as long as you don’t smoke or take drugs. If the baby gets hungry, you feel it right away and breastfeed before baby is too upset. If baby is no sleepy but you are, he or she will stay quietly by your side because of the cozy feeling.

  • After having 6 children of my own, I dissagree with this. All my babies spit up while on their backs and started to choke. I saw many babies in the baby ward on their backs with propped bottles choking. The baby would turn their heads but gag still depending upon how much they were spitting up. I always put my kids to bed on their stomachs to avoid the choking. Also, when my babies were on their backs during the daytime, they would show their startle reflex often. On their stomachs they curled up, felt safe and fell to slepp. I feel each parent knows their own baby best and should judge accordingly

  • Babies should burp at least three times before u put them to sleep on their back otherwise they will choke due to air bubbles.. and try to sleep ur baby on their stomach at noon while u r watching him/ her, to get ride of the gases.. but at night u should always burb the baby three times and then put them to sleep

  • funny because my son is 3 months and he choked on his back in his sleep last night……. it was scary he like couldnt breath for a second….

  • Hogwash. Babies have been sleeping on their backs for thousands of years. The reason this “BACK TO SLEEP CAMPAIGN” initially started in the mid 90s was when they ramped up the vaccine schedule and babies started dying in their sleep. They had to come up with a name for it and sudden infant death syndrome also known as SIDS is what they “labeled it.” I’ve been a registered nurse since 1993 specializing in labor and delivery, newborn nursery, special care nursery, and ICU. The MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX is nothing but a SLOW KILL…. YOUR best interest is not what they care about. It’s all about greed. If people knew the technology that was really available to us, they would be so fillled with joy. There are known cures for Cancer and most all DIS-EASE can as well.

  • I realized the same thing,putting a child to sleep on its back is dangerous, but one question,in what position should you put your baby to sleep,is it OK for your baby to sleep on its side let me know,because I had a bad experience the first time and I had tears in my eyes,so as a young mother I want to know,my mom is not here to help me,someone please leave comments so I can know what to do

  • Funny cuz in the hospital with my 3rd, if she was on her back in the bassinet and spit up, each nurse that was present at the time picked her up, turned her over, and patted her back so it could come out of her mouth. Doesnt matter what gravity is doing if they try to breathe with vomit or spit up in their throat, they are going to choke. It needs to be able to run out of their mouth. As for the picture they showed, it would be really stupid to put a swaddled baby on their tummy. Don’t do that.

  • Not certain about the points made but,if anyone else is searching for No Cry Sleep Solution try Calmer Fixer Blueprint (do a google search )? Ive heard some super things about it and my colleague got great success with it.

  • My child choking scares me everyday… I almost choked to death as a child and no one around me knew what to do, thankfully I dislodged it by myself, I thought I was going to die

  • This is just superb, I’ve been looking for “putting baby to sleep” for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried Qeysaiah Baby Bangka (search on google )? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my work buddy got amazing success with it.

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  • My baby always sleep im he’s back now he has flat head. And them they told me he has flat head you need do tummy time. I say i do put him tummy time is just he got flat head. Them later they say ho goes away with the time ( i hope it does ). So them what? ��

  • I just was looking into sleep paralysis as an adult. It’s tied to lying on your back, as is walking up unable to breathe. That’s harsh for adults, much less I’d imagine for a baby. You have to get up from a sound sleep while choking. Babies can’t even get up on their own. I sleep on my side because of that.

  • My baby sleep with me and theres nothing wrong with that, i like it better that way so my baby will feel that she’s with me the whole night. When i’m not around my baby feels alone. Some western cultures teaches u not to sleep with ur child and i dont know why it is wrong for them

  • My baby choked on her back, way after burping. She couldn’t breathe for a few seconds and was in distress.
    She sleeps much better on her tummy and even burps, without food coming up.

  • Baby sleep is a skill that babies can learn. This is not often taught if you’d like to know more, put away the props and feel free to get in contact with me. We managed to teach our son to sleep right through after 11 months of waking up 3 times every night!

  • Did you ever thought of using a wedge baby pillow to elevate the baby’s head?

    Try Karmil pillow for $25 on amazon.
    Made out of organic cotton with waterproof layer.
    It keeps the food or the acid at the stomach and open the airways for better breathing.

  • Ngl-
    I was looking for the “still think its safe to sleep with your baby” advert just so i could say.
    “Yes. Yes it is. My mom sleeps with my baby brother and hes still alive-“

  • When I was in the hospital baby wouldn’t sleep at all I made a little spot next to him on the hospital bed & now we bed share �� that’s the only way he will be able to sleep

  • Just curious, does this change as we grow into adolescent and adulthood? We’ve always been taught not to allow someone passed out of intoxication to sleep on their backs because they can die from choking on their own vomit. I’ve also heard cases of adults and teens dying from this.

  • This was great, thanks, I been tryin to find out about “how to get baby to sleep on their own during the day” for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried Qeysaiah Baby Bangka (search on google )? Ive heard some super things about it and my friend got cool results with it.