For all our members, but specifically of note to the parents of Indiana. Indiana has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the United States and is ranked lower internationally than all industrialized nations and some economically challenged nations.
Dr. Mary McAteer is part of the Marion County Department of Health committee (greater Indianapolis area) on researching the causes and factors of infant deaths in our community. A few cases of deaths are not preventable, resulting from medical conditions, but the most heartbreaking deaths are those that are completely preventable. With increased examination and reporting of the circumstances surrounding each infant’s death, we are gaining very important information about how to reduce the deaths caused by unsafe sleep environments.
The safest place for babies to sleep, absolutely no wriggle room on this, is what is stated below:
“American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines say babies should sleep alone, on their backs, on a firm surface and without soft bedding,” and “AAP specifically ‘discourages routine sleeping in sitting devices.’”
Excellent tips on sleeping environments can be found here: https://
healthychildren.org/English/ ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/ A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep. aspx
What you will find as parents is that spreading this information may conflict with baby product manufacturing, selling, and marketing. Several products have been promoted for parents to get babies to sleep better. Careful parents should not fall for the potentially disastrous information that babies will sleep through the night better if only they buy certain products.
This portable baby bed states that it will be a “safe” place to put babies on beds or other surfaces – this is not true!
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play
Kids II Recalls All Rocking Sleepers Due to Reports of Deaths
More good advice from the AAP:
There is no evidence that apparent life-threatening events are precursors to SIDS. Furthermore, infant home cardiorespiratory monitors should not be used as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Claims that sleep devices, mattresses, or special sleep surfaces reduce the risk of SIDS must therefore be supported by epidemiologic evidence. At a minimum, any devices used should meet safety standards of the CPSC, the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association, and ASTM International (known previously as the American Society for Testing and Materials). The AAP concurs with the US Food and Drug Administration and CPSC that manufacturers should not claim that a product or device protects against SIDS unless there is scientific evidence to that effect.