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My heart goes out here too to anyone who has lost a baby due to SIDS, or lost a child from any cause. I cannot imagine the pain.

I wanted to add to the post though because DH and I have been parents for a little over 19 years. When our boys were born we were told to put them down on their tummies. Even then, SIDS was rare. However, the boys slept the clock around, our first till he was four months old (we were lucky, LOL) and our second till he was 2 1/2 months old. We never heard the term sleep training because it wasn't needed. There was no such thing as infant reflux. I often wonder if there is a connection between that and BTS. Most babies were sleeping through the night between the ages of six and eight weeks.
When our DD was born it was long after the BTS campaign began. For the first six weeks we had her (she is adopted) she would wake every hour all night long and wouldn't nap for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a time. One night at the age of six weeks she had a cold so DH wanted us to put her upright in her carseat. She slept six hours straight that night, being sick. We realized then that the problem was sleeping on her back. I don't think most babies sleep well that way at all based on what I have read on the internet and heard other parents say. When I talked to our ped about it she actually told me that though she has to recommend that we first try back sleeping, she wanted us to understand that SIDS rates are extremely low no matter how the baby sleeps and that statement comes directly from the end of the AAP statement on sleep position. She also told me that our DD had a greater chance of being struck by lightning than dying of SIDS on her tummy.
No one knows what causes it. Do whatever you feel comfortable doing to help your baby sleep better. If it means tummy sleep, then so be it. I often wonder, and this is just me, if the risk of SIDS has dropped with back to sleep because in order for SIDS to occur babies have to be asleep and if the baby sleeps less, the chances of SIDS are less. Most babies do spend less time sleeping when on their backs. Its like the chances of an auto accident dropping if you only go out once a week as opposed to several times each day.


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