parents and caregivers are placing babies in unsafe sleeping
environments associated with increased risks of death. Thatís
according to a new report released by the American Academy of
study points out what many of us fear. Parents are failing to
take the necessary steps to prevent sudden infant death
syndrome, or SIDS," says Mayo Clinic pediatrician Dr.
says he supports the studyís recommendations. "Babies
need to be placed on the back for every nap and every night
until the baby is 1 year old," he says. "No
blankets, no bumpers, no pillows, no stuffy animals, but
always on a firm, authentic baby crib mattress!"
studies have relied on self-reported surveys or police reports
after an infantís death but this report incorporated video
recordings which provide a window into parental behavior
during the night.
study, "Nocturnal Video Assessment of Infant Sleep
Environments," in the September 2016 Pediatrics
(published online Aug. 15), researchers video-recorded infants
at ages 1, 3 and 6 months within family homes. Most parents,
even when aware of being recorded, placed the infants in
environments with established risk factors for sleep-related
infant deaths, including positioning the children on their
sides or stomachs; soft sleep surface; loose bedding; or