Recently the AAP released the results of a new study that indicated many parents are not following safe sleep guidelines. Of course, I have a few thoughts on this! Read the study HERE:
Make the sleep guidelines more realistic! If parents aren’t listening, it means they are desperate for sleep and the recommendations are falling short without the “village” we once had. Instead, tell parents HOW to co-sleep safely, if they need to. People across the globe do it! (You can read our article on Cultural Differences in Baby and Toddler Sleep.) Get rid of extra bedding, and use a co-sleeper like an Arm’s Reach bassinet. (See our article Is Co-Sleeping Dangerous? with additional discussion about the potential dangers of co-sleeping).
When we create these guidelines without creating other ways to help support parents with their child’s sleep, we are setting parents up to fail – just like I how I felt I was failing when my baby wouldn’t sleep. It’s stressful and frustrating to new parents!
Perhaps another way to help educate parents would be for sleep devices to state explicitly to put baby on their back to sleep, if they don’t already, including right there on the crib/bassinet.
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