For many years, there was a great deal of debate among experts about whether babies should sleep on their backs or their stomachs. In the past two decades or so, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be placed back to sleep for every sleep. In fact, since the landmark “Back to Sleep” campaign started in the mid-1990’s, the overall SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) rates have decreased by over 50%.
In addition to being less at risk for SIDS, babies who sleep on their backs get more oxygen and are far less likely to suffocate.
Supervised Awake Tummy time is an important part of infant development. If your baby falls asleep on her stomach, turn her over on her back. Even if she’s just napping. Back to sleep for every sleep is safer, healthier and better for your baby.