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It's Back to Sleep for Minnesota Babies

Infants should only sleep on their backs, and in cribs without blankets, toys or bed rails, experts say. (V.Black)
Infants should only sleep on their backs, and in cribs without blankets, toys or bed rails, experts say. (V.Black)
November 7, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – There's an effort under way in Minnesota to make sure parents and child care providers know how to safely put infants to sleep.

Cory Woosley, a professional development director with Child Care Aware of Minnesota, explains her job is to make sure every child care provider across the state is trained in safe sleep habits for infants.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently expanded its guidelines, saying until their first birthday, babies should always sleep on their backs whether for a nap or at night.

Woosley says it's also imperative that a baby's bed has no clutter in it.

"Keep your things out of the cribs,” she stresses. “The toys you think are cute are not good for babies.

“We think our babies need to be super warm. Our babies do not need to be all bundled up in blankets. We don't want blankets in the cribs."

The Minnesota Department of Health says in the state more than 50 infants a year die unexpectedly in their sleep. A study found half of them were sleeping with another person and the other half were in unsafe sleeping positions, on their sides or stomachs, and in many cases there were loose objects around them in their cribs.

The death rate is twice as high for African-American babies, and four times higher for Native American infants.

Woosley says even though recommendations have changed over the years about how a baby should be placed in a crib, child care providers in Minnesota have been trained with the very latest advice.

"Rules change, and I hear parents say, 'Well, it wasn't like that when I was a kid,'” she relates. “Well, 'Back to Sleep' is the way we're promoting babies sleep right now and it is currently the best research practice, so, of course, your child care provider is going to do that."

Other tips for safe sleep: Place your baby on a firm mattress, never on a couch or sofa or armchair. If he or she falls asleep in a car seat, move the child to a crib as soon as possible.

New recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics are to keep the baby in the same room with you for at least six months, and preferably up to a year.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MN