Here’s what our babies have always “expected” at night:
- ATTENTIVE, SOBER ADULTS: Even in your sleep, you normally know where your baby is just as you know where your bed edge is. Alcohol and certain medications alter awareness during sleep and increase the risk of suffocation.
- CLEAN AIR: A smoking parent greatly increases the risk of SIDS. (Smoking during pregnancy increases risk even more.)
- BACK SLEEPING: Stomach sleeping on a flat, horizontal surface increases the risk of suffocation and SIDS unless the surface is a parent’s chest.
- A GAP-FREE SURFACE: And reasonable airspace, to avoid suffocation risk.
- BREASTFEEDING: Bottle-feeding behaviors increase suffocation risk. Breastfeeding to sleep is normal and healthy.
- HUMAN MILK: Formula-fed babies are more than twice as likely to die of SIDS. Suffocation and other risks rise with formula-feeding as well.
- FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: A swaddled baby can’t protect his airway…
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