Study shows parents not putting baby on back to sleep

Study: Too many infants still sleep on their stomachs. 

For 23 years now, experts have been urging babies to be put to bed on their backs. But only 43% of U.S. mothers report that they actually do it (or even intend to).

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed over 3200 moms. 77% reported that they usually, but not always, put their babies to sleep on their backs.

What was new and hadn't been explored before was this idea of what people intended to do versus what they actually do.

The two main critiques of back sleep were the fear that the baby might choke and that it's less comfortable.

Experts believe that's due to lack of education and cultural or family influences.

The latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise that parents sleep in the same room -- but not the same bed -- as infants until the child is at least 6 months old.

Babies should be placed on their backs on a firm sleeping surface with a tight-fitted sheet and no pillows or blankets, to prevent suffocation and overheating.

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