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Safe Sleep Practices: Why babies don’t choke on their backs

[amazon_link asins=’0997580801,B00KHZPH74,B06Y5Q5XRB,B06XMRCC94,B00BI2VW6K,B015GT2RFA,B0036B7OLI’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’ebaby02d-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’253674e1-218e-4de6-b8e2-f5704c06b069′]The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their back. This is one of the safest things you can do for your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. You asked a good question. You have a ten month old and want to know at what point can they start to sleep on their stomach. A lot of babies between four and seven months will start to roll either from their back to their stomach or from their stomach to their back and they’ll do this all night in their sleep. Some babies are very restless and turn from side to side and end up not sleeping on their back. At that point they’re usually strong enough to be able to get themselves out of a compromising situation but as a parent our job is to keep our baby’s sleeping area as safe as possible and the best things you can do to are to start your baby off on his or her back and again, they’ll probably change positions. You don’t need to stand over them all night turn them back over when they’ve turned themselves. Instead focus on keeping all soft, fluffy things out of the crib for the first year. This includes bumper pads, pillows, extra blankets, and stuffed animals. After a year of age you can start introducing these things into your child’s bed. Also keep a fan running in your child’s room. If you breastfed your baby then that alone decreases the risk as well. Binkies or pacifiers help to reduce the risk and if you or your partner smoke then there is no better reason to quit than your baby because smoking can definitely increase the risk of SIDS for a baby. The risk is actually highest for babies that are two to four, three to five months of age. The fact that your baby is ten months of age means that they’re getting closer to the end of that risk. The American Academy of Pediatrics and all the research that has been done does say that it exists for the first year but all in all the risk of SIDS for your baby at ten months of age is way lower than it used to be. Once your baby turns one you can start introducing more comfortable, soft things and your baby can sleep on his or her stomach.