It’s a fact: the more time passes, the more we learn and the safer we become as a society. This certainly holds true to all that we learn regarding infant and childhood safety. As they say, ‘My, have things have changed since I was a parent with infants!’ – and this couldn’t be more true than it is concerning sleeping recommendations. In many cases, what our children are told now is very different from how we put them down when they were babies. For instance, from birth, the ‘ABC’s’ are now drilled into new parents heads – Babies sleep best Alone, always on their Back, and in a Crib. On October 24, 2016 the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) updated these specifications to include that babies should also sleep in the same room as the parent/caregiver for at least the first 6 months of life (however, they recommend for the first year). But again, always Alone, on their Back and in a Crib (or bassinet, never a couch, seat, etc. or anything with a soft surface). This inclusion came from research indicating that a reduction in sleep related deaths resulted from infants sleeping in the same room.
We often think that we know what’s best because we have ‘been there, done that’ but as we continue to learn more about infant sleep and behavior, it is important to keep an open dialog with our children about their practices and the most current recommendations. This couldn’t be more true than when grandchildren are sleeping over – consistency is key and keeping everyone safe by following the ABC’s of infant sleep can give us all peace of mind.
Click here for more information from the AAP and their latest recommendations. There are also other great resources for sleeping guidelines and the ABC rule, see those links below:
And don’t forget we’ve mentioned some great crib and bassinet options in our previous post, here.