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How do you help babies stay on their back while sleeping?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Avoid infant positio: The back sleeping position is most important in the first months before your infant begins rolling over. By that time, crib death rates have declined considerably and there is not much you can do if your infant is an active sleeper. Sand bags or positioners were popular in the early 90's but have little value. Just start the night with baby sleeping on its back.
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Back to sleep: The back to sleep campaign is designed to make sure you always put your baby to sleep on their back, which significantly decreases the risk of sids. However, by the time your baby can roll over (around 4 months) the risk of crib death is much decreased. Still put your baby to sleep on their back but you don't need to lose sleep worrying if they roll over.
Dr. Tammi Schlichtemeier
Pediatrics 31 years experience
: Babies under 4 months old are usually trained to sleep on their back from day 1 of life. After 4 months old, if baby can roll on its own, you don't need to keep turning him on his back at night. Be sure to place baby on tummy much of waking time to avoid head flattening known as "positional plagiocephaly". Try at least 20 min tummy time 4 times a day and increase as much as possible while awake.

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Yes: Swaddling, or snuggly wrapping babies, is an ancient practice that has been shown to calm babies by lowering their heart rates and decreasing self-startling, thereby increasing sleep.
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