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Why shouldn't I put my baby to sleep on her stomach?

Many parents place their baby on his or her stomach because they think the baby will be more comfortable. This may be true, but tummy sleeping is very dangerous and increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation. Tummy sleeping increases the possibility of the baby "re-breathing" its exhaled air instead of fresh air. Babies who sleep on their tummy are also less able to arouse from sleep and sleep too deeply. These things greatly inrease the risk of SIDS. 

It appears sleep position preference is a learned behavior during the first four to six months of life. If babies are placed to sleep on their backs from birth, they will not know any other sleep position and will be comfortable sleeping that way.

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