About 3,500 babies die every year from sleep related deaths.
Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing new recommendations for safe sleep for infants.
Jessica Swinson and her fiancé make sure their two month old baby girl Malia is close by for bedtime.
“So we can see her, keep an eye on her, listen to her breathing,” said Swinson.
That’s right in step with new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help decrease the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep related deaths.
The group recommends infants share their parent’s bedroom for at least the first six months of life and ideally for the first year.
“The studies that were done looking at the reduction in risk of SIDS really were done throughout the first year of life and we know that reduction can be as much as 50 percent,” said Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter.
The recommendations continue to remind parents that babies should be placed on their back to sleep on a firm mattress in the crib or bassinet, and there should be no bumpers, blankets, pillows or toys.
Dr. Feldman-Winter says breastfeeding is also recommended.
“Exclusive breastfeeding can reduce the risk of SIDS by as much as 70 percent,” said Dr. Feldman-Winter.
- Offer a pacifier at naps and bedtime.
- Do not use monitors or devices marketed to reduce SIDS.
- Babies should get plenty of supervised awake tummy time to promote development.
Malia’s parents are doing everything they can to keep her safe including giving her plenty of her own space.
“We never let her sleep in the same bed as us. It’s just too dangerous,” said Swinson.
That way everyone sleeps better, but only for three to four hours at a time.