Keep her on the back WITHOUT a baby sleep positioner
A baby sleep positioner or baby wedge forms a potentially fatal risk
so do not use any, ever. The CPSC and FDA warn
that babies have died after getting stuck between the wedges and the
Let's find out why that is + learn how to keep baby on her back without
in the crib.
Along with all other crib
safety and SIDS guidelines, we should always put baby on her back
to sleep: it's the single safe baby
. Since parents have been advised to keep baby on
the back at the end o
the 1980's, SIDS rates have decreased a lot (!). And it still the
standard recommended way to sleep.
But, it is not a good
idea to try and keep her on the back with a baby sleep positioner
You probably have seen these rolls
or baby wedges in different shapes and sizes.
Our mothers and grandmothers used them (or a rolled-up towel) to keep
us sleeping ... on
the side (which was sometimes still recommended in those days). You can
still buy them or even find them included with an in-bed
. (By the way these cosleepers themselves are
definitely OK to use, but just
use the wedges, they are detachable).
The CPSC baby sleep positioner report
several babies have suffocated after rolling within
infant sleep positioner and/or getting stuck
between one of the
wedges and the crib side. A recall is not mentioned but they do
warn to stop using any sleep positioner:
"To date, there is no
scientifically sound evidence
that infant sleep positioners prevent SIDS,” said Dr. Joshua
Sharfstein, FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner and a pediatrician. “
want to make sure parents, health care professionals, and childcare
providers understand the potential risk of suffocation and stop using
infant sleep positioners."
So there is no way we can take this risk. Still you do want to find a
way to keep your baby safely on her back.
What if baby rolls over onto her tummy while asleep?
First of all, when baby is put to sleep on
her back in an empty crib (as recommended) and then rolls over, the
risk of suffocating is lower than with a baby sleep positioner in the
because there is no extra
material to get stuck in.
So putting down on the back in an empty crib is crucial. Then to help
avoid rolling over onto her tummy, you can use a sleeping bag.
A well-adapted, right-size baby
(also called wearable blanket) is the best sleep aid
to keep baby
on her back, safely. That is because it makes rolling over just a
little bit more difficult. So until she is really strong and mobile
enough to roll over when in a sleep sack, it really helps to keep her
on the back. Once she's stronger, the risk also decreases (see right
Following the SIDS
, you will be near your baby (supervise
closely or sleep in the same room) to monitor carefully. That is
those crucial first 4-6 months, either with baby in her own crib or
This way you automatically
monitor your baby and can roll her over when necessary. But once she is
so agile and strong to roll back and forth easily, and you are
confident that she will also be able to do it while asleep, the risk
from being on her tummy decreases significantly.