One of the biggest fears parents have across the board is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Also known as SIDS, it is the unexplained death of an infant under age one. It is so frightening because it is unpredictable – it has no warning and no cause. Parents take many safety precautions to keep their infants safe and try to prevent SIDS from happening. They put their baby to sleep on the back, they avoid smoking, they don't use soft bedding or crib bumpers, and definitely keep pillows out of the crib and bassinet. But, even, so there are some myths about SIDS that are keeping infants in danger.
Most parents who've had children in the last 20 years were educated on the the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health Human Development's (NIHCD) Safe to Sleep campaign (formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign). Prior to that, parents regularly put their babies to sleep on their stomachs, covered them in blankets, used pillows in their cribs, and even smoked in the same room as them. It was up to the new generations to teach their parents and grandparents how to safely babysit their grandchildren.
I know that I, as well as many of my girlfriends, have come home to find that Grandma or Auntie put the baby down covered in blankets "because it was cold," or laid them on their tummies to nap "because your baby is getting a flat head."
Here are some myths about SIDS that it is time to leave behind.