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By the time you bring home your new baby, you have hopefully gotten the message that you should always, without exception, place your newborn on his back to sleep. Though no expert knows with 100 percent confidence that back-sleeping will prevent the tragedy of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), one thing they do know with confidence is that back sleeping clearly seems to be highly preventive. According to stats from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), deaths from SIDS declined to fewer than 40 per 100,000 births in 2015, from just over 130 per 10,000 births in 1990. The Back to Sleep campaign, now known as Safe to Sleep, launched in 1994.
Other measures to keep baby safe while sleeping has since been added to the list of should-dos, from keeping the crib or other sleeping space clear of blankets, bumpers, stuffed animals and such, to regulating the room temperature and using a fan to keep air moving, to banning all smoking from the household.
Feeling all safe and smart? Okay, great. Now … what happens when your baby, at the still-tender age of 4 or so months, achieves the feat of rolling over while sleeping? Although according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the vast majority of SIDS deaths happen before 4 months of age, you still don’t want to take chances, which is why you still practice safer sleeping principles. After all, it’s not as though you’re going to suddenly pile Grandma’s antique afghan and a menagerie of stuffed animals in the crib just because your baby can theoretically roll away from them!
A Mattress for Peace of Mind
You might want at this point (if you didn’t earlier) to consider a new, breathable mattress. No, it’s not that the mattress can “breathe,” but that your child, if she ends up face down, can breathe through it. The latest, high-tech comfy mattresses like the Newton Crib Mattress are made of a food-grade polymer fill that allows air to circulate through it. This does a few things:
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