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Which Sleep Position Should We Use?


Question: Which Sleep Position Should We Use?
Answer: Studies have revealed that placing a baby to sleep on his back can reduce the incidence of SIDS. For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all newborn babies be put to sleep on their backs.

This may seem difficult for your child, as many babies seem to fall asleep better when on their stomachs or sides, especially when curled up on a parent's or caregiver's chest. Rest assured that in time your child will get into the habit of falling asleep on his back. You should also know that there has not been an increase in babies choking or aspirating since the Back to Sleep campaign began over a decade ago.

It's important to note that this recommendation is for newborns. Once your child is able to roll over by himself, he will choose the sleeping position that is most comfortable for him.

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