Sleep is top of mind for new parents, even when they are getting so little of it. As recommendations for prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) change, Mercy Kids pediatricians want to make sure you stay up to date.
With its first policy update since 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics has new recommendations when it comes to infant sleep.
AAP recommendations on creating a safe sleep environment include:
According to the AAP, approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related deaths including SIDS, ill-defined deaths and accidental suffocation and strangulation. While infants are at heightened risk for SIDS between ages 1 and 4 months, new evidence shows that soft bedding continues to pose hazards to babies who ar e4 months and older.
Other recommendations include: