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By Fern Hauck, M.D., SIDS expert

To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), experts recommend that you place your baby on his back when you put him down to sleep during his first year. The risk of SIDS peaks between 1 and 4 months of age but remains a threat until babies are 12 months.

Once your baby is strong enough to roll from back to front and front to back by himself, you don''ll also want to follow other precautions to reduce the risk of SIDS throughout your baby''s nothing else in his crib – no pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or even crib bumpers. Don''t let anyone smoke near him.

Preventing SIDS is the most important reason to put your baby to sleep on her back, but a study published in 2003 in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found other benefits, too: Infants who sleep on their back suffer from fewer ear infections, fevers, and stuffy noses than babies who sleep in other positions.

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AAP. 2011. SIDS and other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleep Environment, AAP Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. American Academy of Pediatrics. [Accessed January 2016]

baby sleep 👍how to baby sleep for Byard RW, et al. 2000. Gastric aspiration and sleeping position in infancy and early childhood. J Paediatr Child Health 36(4):403-405. [Accessed January 2016]

Hunt CE, et al. 2003. Infant sleep position and associated outcomes. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 157(5): 469-474. [Accessed January 2016]

Malloy MH. 2002. Trends in postnatal aspiration deaths and reclassification of sudden infant death syndrome: impact of the "" program. Pediatrics 109(4):661-665. [Accessed January 2016]

Tablizo MA, et al. 2007. Supine sleeping position does not cause clinical aspiration in neonates in hospital newborn nurseries. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 161(5): 507-510. [Accessed January 2016]

Fern R. Hauck is a professor of family medicine and public health sciences at the University of Virginia.

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