Your mum-in-law tends to put our newborn to sleep on his stomach, so he won’t get “jumpy”. But how safe is this?
Both the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK and the American Academy of Pediatrics have stated that placing babies on their stomachs to sleep increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Because your newborn cannot yet roll over unaided, he is at the risk of overheating when on his stomach.
This overheating is associated with SIDS, says Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist.
Both the UK and the US have adopted the “Back to Sleep” campaign to highlight this risk to the public, and to encourage the adoption of safe sleeping practices – meaning, placing your baby on his back to sleep, at least until he can roll over on his own.