Is it okay for my baby to sleep on her side?

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended both the side and the back sleeping position to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In 1996, however, after reviewing data from various new studies, they revised their recommendation to back sleeping as the only safe sleep position for babies. These reports indicated that the risk for SIDS is greater for babies placed on their sides versus those placed on their backs, perhaps because babies placed on their sides have a higher likelihood of rolling onto their tummies. In 2005, the AAP began recommending against side sleep position for babies.

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