Best Sleep Positions For Babies And Newborns
Babies are to sleep on the right position to avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Wrong sleep positions for Infants or newborns can sometimes lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
SIDS in children is caused due to accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. If you have an infant at home, it is essential that you know all about the safe and unsafe sleeping positions for babies and the risk involved in each sleeping position.
Safe Sleep Position
Sleep on back
Best Sleeping position for babies and newborns
Most people keep asking why ‘sleep on back’ is the best sleep position for infants?
The truth is, sleep on back position is considered the best sleeping position for babies because it’s the safest. It is the most suggested sleeping position for babies as it keeps the airways open.
The US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) recommends the sleep-on-back position for short naps as well as for sound sleep throughout the night in babies.
This recommendation of putting baby down on her back applies to infants throughout the first year of life. However, it is particularly important during the first six months (i.e 0-6months), when the incidence of SIDS is the highest.
So, once your baby can roll over (at around 4-6 months), keep putting him to sleep on his back for naps, short periods of rest, and sleep at night. But let him find his own sleeping position.
Risks Involved In ‘Sleep On Back’ Position
If newborns or infants are placed on the back for a long time on the same position, it could lead to a condition called ‘positional plagiocephaly’, a case of flattened or misshapen head.
The baby also may also suffer from ‘brachycephaly’, a case of flattened back of the skull.
But these are temporary conditions and the shape of both the skull and the back becomes normal as soon as the baby turns one and hardly needs any treatment.
Some simple reposition techniques that can help to avoid these conditions altogether include.
- Increasing ‘tummy time’ of the baby when awake
- Turning the baby on the sides while he/she is not asleep
- Reducing the time spent by babies in carriers or car-seaters.
- Increasing the baby’s ‘cuddle time’.
- Changing the direction of the baby in the crib so that he does not tend to view same things in one direction always.