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Safe Infant Sleep Recommendations: A Discussion of New AAP Guidelines and Related Concerns of Some Families and Health Professionals

Photo of infant sleep recommendations ME guest Crystal Clancy The “Back to Sleep” Campaign has been highly effective in reducing SIDS. Along with keeping blankets, pillows and other loose objects out of the crib, putting babies to sleep on their backs led to a 53% reduction in SIDS between 1992 and 2001. Now, to bring death rates even lower, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released new recommendations that babies sleep in their parents’ room (but not bed) for at least six months, preferably a year. While many parents welcome this advice, some parents, particularly those with postpartum depression or anxiety, are uneasy about having their infant sleep in their room. Therapist Crystal Clancy, co-director of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota, joins Marti & Erin to shine light on these concerns and to encourage an individualized approach to find sleep arrangements that will keep both parent and baby as safe and healthy as possible.

 

What are your thoughts about the new AAP guidelines for infant sleep? What are other parents you know saying about the recommendations and how are they balancing their own need for sleep and privacy with the need to keep their baby as safe as possible?

 

For the new AAP safe sleep guidelines, click here.

For the op ed story from the New York Times referenced in this show, click here.

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