You鈥檝e read the books. You鈥檝e read the blogs. And now you are totally and completely on top of everything that you鈥檒l ever need to know about being a new mama鈥 at least, that鈥檚 what you thought! We all know that the world of parenting is, well, confusing, and there鈥檚 always 鈥渂reaking news鈥 that changes how to keep your kiddo happy and healthy. This time is no different 鈥 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced new safe sleep recommendations to protect your baby against SIDS. Check out what鈥檚 old, what鈥檚 new and what you absolutely need to do.

Sleeping baby with a blue pacifier

1. Sleep in. No, not sleeping later (like you鈥檒l ever get to sleep 鈥榯il noon again). Sleeping in (when it comes to SIDS protection) now means sleeping with your baby in the room. This is one of the major new takeaways from the updated guidelines. The AAP now recommends that infants and parents sleep in the same room for at least the first six months. Ideally, you鈥檒l sleep in the same room as your little one until her first birthday.

2. But don鈥檛 sleep with. Don鈥檛 take the idea that baby should sleep with you literally. Yes, she should sleep in the same room as you but not in the same bed. The AAP鈥檚 update notes that an infant should sleep on a 鈥渟eparate surface.鈥 This means that you get the California king bed, and baby gets her crib or bassinet.

3. Go back to the back. While this isn鈥檛 a new 鈥渞ule,鈥 it is still very much included in the AAP鈥檚 2016 release of their safe sleeping recommendations. When you put baby down in her crib or bassinet, she needs to be on her back 鈥 at least until she鈥檚 one year old.

4. Be firm. The thought of collapsing into a feathery soft bed at the end of the day makes you let out an audible sigh of relief. Just because you enjoy a bed that feels more like your kitten鈥檚 belly than a concrete slab doesn鈥檛 mean your baby needs the same spongy-soft surface. The AAP recommends that all babies sleep on firm surfaces. You don鈥檛 need to line the bottom of baby鈥檚 crib with wooden planks 鈥 a firm crib mattress will do. Nix the notion of a mattress with give (this includes avoiding memory foam).

Baby Boy Sleeping In His Bed In A Blue Pyjamas

5. Use less stuff. Wrapping your teeny tiny newborn up in a comfy blanket and filling her crib with plush stuffies may seem okay, but it鈥檚 not. In keeping with the firm sleeping surface idea, you also want to avoid anything extra in your baby鈥檚 crib (or bassinet). Keep the blankets, comforters, quilts, bumper pads, pillows, toys, stuffed animals and real animals far, far away. Sure, it鈥檚 tempting to stuff the crib with absolutely adorable designer bedding, but the danger to your child just isn鈥檛 worth it.

6. Don鈥檛 pass on the pacifier. According to the AAP, studies show that pacifiers (when given at nap or sleep times) have a protective effect when it comes to SIDS. Do the docs know why? Not entirely. What they do know is that the evidence points to pacis as helpful. Keep in mind, you should never give your baby a pacifier on a string or anything similar (especially anything that hangs around the baby鈥檚 neck). This poses a serious strangulation hazard and should always be avoided.

7. Opt out of overheating. So baby can鈥檛 have a blanket while she sleeps and now you鈥檙e freaking out because she鈥檒l get a chill. You want her to stay warm, so you dress her in a zillion layers. Right? Wrong! Avoid overheating (whether it鈥檚 by how you dress your baby or cranking up the heater). The AAP says that babies should be dressed for the environment, and never add more than one extra layer of clothing to her sleeping outfit.

8. Don鈥檛 rely on hype. Your BFF鈥檚 cousin鈥檚 girlfriend鈥檚 sister told you about a cardiorespiratory monitor that she swears by. She said it鈥檚 the top tech, and totally eases her mind. Hold on 鈥 the AAP says that while these devices reduce the risk of SIDS when used in hospitals and at home as prescribed (by a medical pro) for sleep apnea or bradycardia, they haven鈥檛 seen much evidence supporting the general use of commercial versions. Instead of relying on toy-like tech devices to alert you of an issue, focus on following the AAP recommendations to prevent a problem (or reduce the risk).

9. Stop smoking: Do we really still need to say this? Maybe. Smoking during pregnancy and/or around a baby raises the risk of SIDS, according to the AAP.

What do you think of the AAP鈥檚 new recommendation to sleep with your baby in the same room? Share your thoughts and tweet us @BritandCo !

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