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what is the best and safest way to put my baby to sleep?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Laying on her back: The safest position to sleep your baby is on her back. This position has been found to minimize your baby's risk of sida ("sudden infant death syndrome"). An alternate position is on the baby's side. It is preferred not to have your baby sleeping on her stomach however. You should also try to put your baby down in a sleepy, but awake state. This will promote her ability to fall asleep on her own.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I believe there are published studies that equate side sleeping risk as close to that of belly sleeping.
Jun 24, 2011
Dr. Alan Levine
Dr. Alan Levine commented
Pediatrics 34 years experience
That is true..............there are such studies that show that relationship
Jan 27, 2013
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
On his or her back: The chances of dying from sids (crib death) are worse, if a baby sleeps on his tummy. Years ago in america, when babies slept on their tummies, about 3 babies out of every 1000 would die of sids. Nowadays, when babies sleep on their backs, about 1 to 1.5 babies per 1000 die of sids. Parents should talk with the doctor if a baby won't sleep on his or her back.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Most infants can learn to sleep on their back if this is started with the first nap after delivery.
Jun 24, 2011
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
On The Back: Multiple research studies in many places have demonstrated that sleeping on their backs reduces the incidence of sids by roughly 50%. So until they roll over, this is by far the best way. In addition, some studies demonstrate that a pacifier also reduces sids, although that practice may lead to other issues.
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Back to sleep ...: ... In his crib, without blankets, pillows, stuffed animals or bumper pads. These unneeded extras might cover his face and make it difficult for him to breathe.

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