New parents will get all sorts of advice on caring for their newborn, especially the "baby basics" of crying, feeding and sleeping. But when it comes to keeping your baby safe, be sure you have the latest info from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's difficult to focus on much when you're sleep deprived in the early days of parenting, but preparing your home before baby arrives is the best way to make sure baby has a safe place to sleep.
Since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep, the numbers of infants who have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has decreased dramatically. However, SIDS is still the leading cause of death for infants under 1 year old, and sleep-related deaths from other causes — like suffocation — have actually increased.
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