my hospitol stresses that you aways put your baby on its back to sleep. so thats what i did with my doughter when she was born in 08.i plan on doing that again. what is everyone eles method,what do they plan to do?

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Apr. 4, 2011 at 9:17 PM

When I was born in the 80's, it was on your stomach. When my brother was born in the 90's it was side. Now it's back. Back scares me the most though, cause if you aren't co-sleeping, how would you know if your baby spit up while sleeping??  If they are on their back, they could choke. :(    I co-slept with all my boys, and they were either on their sides or on their tummies.. however THEY wanted to sleep. 

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Apr. 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM

I put my daughter on her back when she was born in 08 however i always made sure she was propped up by putting a blanket under the mat in her bassinet. It always scared me but I am a very light sleeper so every time she made the slightest sound i was awake.

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Apr. 4, 2011 at 10:00 PM


Medical professionals are now saying that babies should always be put down to sleep on their backs. But what's really important is "safe sleep" to prevent SIDS, the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year.

Here's information from the NICHD's Safe Sleep Campaign. Hope it helps!

Safe Sleep Top 10

  1. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. The back sleep position is the safest, and every sleep time counts.

  2. Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved* crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet. Never place your baby to sleep on pillows, quilts, sheepskins, or other soft surfaces.

  3. Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area. Don't use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, and pillow-like crib bumpers in your baby's sleep area, and keep any other items away from your baby's face.

  4. Do not allow smoking around your baby. Don't smoke before or after the birth of your baby, and don't let others smoke around your baby.

  5. Keep your baby's sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep. Your baby should not sleep in a bed or on a couch or armchair with adults or other children, but he or she can sleep in the same room as you. If you bring the baby into bed with you to breastfeed, put him or her back in a separate sleep area, such as a bassinet, crib, cradle, or a bedside cosleeper (infant bed that attaches to an adult bed) when finished.If you use a blanket, place the baby with feet at the end of the crib. The blanket should reach no higher than the baby's chest. Tuck the ends of the blanket under the crib mattress to ensure safety.

  6. Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing the infant down to sleep,
    but don't force the baby to take it. (If you are breastfeeding your baby, wait until your child is 1 month old or is used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier.)

  7. Do not let your baby overheat during sleep. Dress your baby in light sleep clothing, and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.

  8. Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS because most have not been tested for effectiveness or safety.

  9. Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS. If you have questions about using monitors for other conditions talk to your health care provider.

  10. Reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on your baby's head: provide "Tummy Time" when your baby is awake and someone is watching; change the direction that your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next; and avoid too much time in car seats, carriers, and bouncers.

* For information on crib safety guidelines, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or

For more information on sleep position
for babies and reducing the risk of SIDS,
contact the Back to Sleep campaign at:
Phone: 1-800-505-CRIB (2742)
Mail: 31 Center Drive, Room 2A32, Bethesda, MD 20892
Fax: (301) 496-7101
Web site:


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Apr. 4, 2011 at 10:03 PM

well i forgot to mention that the pacifire now is a biggy for reducing sids. i personaly think stomach is the worst because they can suffucate. my doughter always had a pacifire witch is now why she still addicted to it at 2 lol. but before i started sleeping with her she slept alone in her bassinet with 2 rolled up blankets on her sides with anotehr one tucked in .only up to her belly.

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