How to Prevent SIDS: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Worried about sudden infant death syndrome? Here's how to help keep your baby safe (15 Photos)

Sally Farhat Kassab and Holly Pevzner on Nov 1, 2013 at 6:36PM

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Skip Crib Bumpers, Stuffed Animals and Pillows

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a Sally Farhat Kassab and Holly Pevzner on Oct 14, 2010 at 3:53PM

All that cute stuff looks great in catalogs, but it's dangerous for wee ones. While you may think you're preventing bangs and bruises with a crib bumper, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there's absolutely no evidence that bumpers prevent injuries. In fact, a 2007 study found that crib bumpers caused suffocation or strangulation in some baby deaths. And in 2011, the AAP changed its stance on the matter, saying bumper pads -- no matter how thin, firm or well-secured -- should never be used. (In fact, a 2012 update in Pediatrics in Review noted that soft materials under, on top of or near an infant may increase SIDS risk 21-fold.) Once your child is over one year old, adding in a pillow, a blanket or a stuffed animal to her sleep environment is likely safe.

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