Mommy Matters: Sleep Recommendations For Infants
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a concern for newborn parents.
A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for up to the first year.
But, that doesn’t mean the baby should share the same bed as an adult.
Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say it’s important to make sure your baby has a safe sleep environment.
Babies should always be laid down on their back to avoid obstruction of the airways.
"Infants don't have as much neck control; once they get past the six month mark they're able to move. Once infants are rolling over we find a decrease in the sleep-related deaths," said Kitty Russ, a registered nurse.
Experts also suggest using a crib or bassinet that has only a fitted sheet and is free of any bedding, blankets, stuffed animals, or crib bumpers.