Over half of all babies in America have an increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) due to parents putting them to bed incorrectly, says a new report.
What’s the Proper Way to Bed a Baby?
According to the National Institutes of Health:
“Infants should be placed to sleep alone, on their backs, on a firm sleep surface, such as in a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.”
Contributing Factors to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Other than the infant, nothing should be within a baby’s crib. Additional items put into the crib, such as toys, pillows and quilts, increase an infant’s risk of SIDS. This goes against public perception, where babies in popular media are adorned with cute hats and wrapped in stylish bedding.
Information on Decreasing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Click here to read the full report on this investigation.