Soft Bedding Puts Babies at Risk

The American Academy of Pediatrics has cautioned parents to keep soft blankets, quilts, and pillows away from sleeping infants because they can inadvertently lead to suffocation. Loose bedding has also been associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The National Institutes of Health recommends avoiding bedding for infants, but that hasn’t stopped many parents from continuing to use soft blankets in their babies’ cribs. Research suggests this could be due to the message not reaching all new mothers, especially teenage moms with less than a high school education, and to advertising that shows sleeping babies surrounded by soft, cozy blankets and stuffed animals.

Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza, senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control, advises: “The safest place for a baby to sleep is on his or her back in a crib or bassinet and in the parent or caregiver’s room. The sleep surface should be firm, covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding.”┬áTo keep your baby warm, experts suggest a wearable blanket or sleep sack that wraps around the baby.

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