Do you know how your baby should be sleeping?

American Baby, in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, found out that in their poll of mommies, 96 percent knew a baby should sleep alone, on his back, in a crib. That statistic, however, doesn’t mean 96 percent of those new mothers are following the rules.

In a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, only 44 percent of parents put their baby to sleep in recommended position, on their backs. Letting a baby sleep on its side or belly increases the chance of the baby being strangled or choking on a blanket. Over 2,000 babies die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) every year. “Moms who ignore sleep rules aren’t bad parents!” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Their baby is crying and they make a decision that seems okay at 3 a.m.” she added. But you need to know how important this sleeping method truly is.

Once studies started popping up, showing the benefits of back sleeping for an infant, mommies started to enforce it more often, if not all of the time. Since parents started following this back-sleeping baby recommendation years ago, the rate of SIDS-related deaths in the U.S. has dropped by 53 percent. These statistics were taken from 2006 to 2017.

So please, don’t listen to word of mouth of mommy gossip from family and friends. It doesn’t matter if your cousin let her baby sleep on its tummy and everything was fine. You just never know, and it will never be worth it to risk your baby’s life just because someone you knew didn’t have any issues with other methods.

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