Results show that 21.6 percent of respondents reported placing their infant to sleep on the baby’s side or stomach. More than half of respondents – 61.4% percent – reported bed sharing with their infant, and 38.5 percent reported using soft bedding, most commonly bumper pads and thick blankets.
Avoiding soft bedding such as blankets, pillows and bumper pads
The AAP also recommends breastfeeding; routine immunization; use of a pacifier; and the avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
The CDC reports that there are approximately 3,500 sleep-related deaths among infants each year in the United States. These deaths include those from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed, and unknown causes.
“Unfortunately, too many babies in this country are lost to sleep-related deaths that might be prevented,” CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said in a press release.