Are you putting your baby to sleep safely? Most moms aren’t, study says Are you putting your baby to sleep safely? Most moms aren’t, study says
Putting your baby to bed can be a challenge, and unfortunately, many moms are doing it wrong, according to a new study. Researchers from... Are you putting your baby to sleep safely? Most moms aren’t, study says

Putting your baby to bed can be a challenge, and unfortunately, many moms are doing it wrong, according to a new study.

Researchers from Yale and Boston University recently conducted an experiment, which was published in the American Academy of Pediatrics, to determine how many mothers lay their babies on their backs. This is the position the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, because it’s been said to reduce the risk of deadly conditions including sudden infant death syndrome.

To find the answer, scientists handed out a survey to more than 3,000 mommies. The questionnaire focused on how women situate their little ones in their cribs.

After tallying the results, they found that only 43.7 percent of of American moms intend to and always put their babies to bed correctly. Additionally, 77.3 percent usually – but not always – put their babies on their backs.

Why aren’t people following the rules?

Scientists believe variables such as attitudes, subjective norms and perceived control are all factors.

“We looked at what drives people’s behavior for adhering to safe infant sleeping practices, and found that so much of what influences their decision-making has to do with attitudes and subjective norms,” Eve Colson, lead author, said in a statement. “What do people around you do? What do you see people do? Who is your adviser, and what advice are they giving you? All these factors are very important as they affect the behavior of new parents.”

They also believe that intention versus action plays a key role in their findings.

“For example, I want to exercise, but I don’t have time to exercise,” Colston said. “Or, in terms of safe sleep practices, I want to put the baby on its back to sleep, but my mom doesn’t follow this direction when she’s babysitting.”

To combat the issue, researchers hope to conduct more studies that “test the efficacy of educational interventions to change practice.”

Obinna Onyia

  • David hale

    2017-08-23 #1 Author

    Babies should always be safe no matter what !!

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    • Christianah

      2017-08-23 #2 Author

      We should always take care of our baby no matter the situation.

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  • Antoinette Castaneda

    2017-08-23 #3 Author

    Baby safety is what matters!

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  • Kyla evans

    2017-08-23 #4 Author

    I prefer my baby laying on his back anytime he wleeoe just to be safe and i think every parent should do this .

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  • Simone

    2017-08-23 #5 Author

    All babies should be safe! When I lay my baby on her back, she always rolls over on her stomach.

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  • Maxine Daniels

    2017-08-23 #6 Author

    We should always lay in a safe position !! But my daughter loves being on her back

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  • Lakiet

    2017-08-23 #7 Author

    Babies should always be treated with respect just like any other person.

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  • Amber

    2017-08-23 #8 Author

    Safe sleeping is so important I fight my daughter every sleep because she insists the blanket be on her face I hate it ! Safe sleeping is sooooooo important!!!

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  • Kayla ocasio

    2017-08-23 #9 Author

    Babbies are a blessing

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  • Lisaa Renee

    2017-08-26 #10 Author

    I always make sure I put my son on his side or in his tummy . I never know if he will choke on his slob or spit up while asleep on his back.

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  • Kabriyah ford

    2017-08-26 #11 Author

    Babies should always lay in a safe position because SIDS happen a lot.

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  • Lekisha

    2017-08-29 #12 Author

    I lay my son down on his back but he would feel me laying next to him and rolls to his side to be up under me.

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  • Ann mari3

    2017-08-30 #13 Author

    I cannot believe so many women are ok with doing something they KNOW increases the risk of SIDS. Ki da makes me mad.

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  • Luleka

    2017-09-16 #14 Author

    Since my daughter was born I’ve always layed her on her belly and compared to putting her to sleep on the side it actually made her sleep peacefully and longer.

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