The American Academy of Pediatrics Just Put Out New Sleeping Recommendations
And Hell Froze Over!
I have no reliable sources on hell freezing over. However, the AAP did just release new recommendations on infant sleep. If you are a parent, or you know lots of parents, your news feed may have been taken over with information about these new recommendations.
If this is the first you are hearing about it, let me catch you up.
"Infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents – but on a separate surface, such as a crib or bassinet, and never on a couch, armchair or soft surface -- to decrease the risks of sleep-related deaths, according to a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics."
"Recommendations call for infants to share their parents' bedroom for at least the first six months and, optimally, for the first year of life, based on the latest evidence." You can read more in this article.
Room sharing for a year cuts SIDS rates in half! Pretty amazing right? The AAP is now acknowledging this and making new recommendations about it.
So why did hell freeze over?
Because of this little tidbit here "Breastfeeding is also recommended as adding protection against SIDS. After feeding, the AAP encourages parents to move the baby to his or her separate sleeping space, preferably a crib or bassinet in the parents' bedroom.
"If you are feeding your baby and think that there's even the slightest possibility that you may fall asleep, feed your baby on your bed, rather than a sofa or cushioned chair," said Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, FAAP, member of the Task Force on SIDS and co-author of the report.
"If you do fall asleep, as soon as you wake up be sure to move the baby to his or her own bed," she said.
"There should be no pillows, sheets, blankets or other items that could obstruct the infant's breathing or cause overheating."
This is the first time I have ever seen the AAP even come close to recommending co-sleeping and having recommendations for safe co-sleeping.
Around 60% of Americans admit to sleeping with their babies. Parents are going to sleep with their babies no matter what. It's mammalian instinct. They best thing we can do to facilitate safety is to put out guidelines, so that parents who do choose to sleep with their children can make informed decisions about what is safe.
For more information about safe co-sleeping check out my blog on safe co-sleeping, and how to side car a crib.