When can I stop putting my baby to sleep on her back?

Q: When can I stop putting my baby to sleep on her back?

A: To help prevent SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends putting your child to sleep on her back until she's a year old, but if your baby can flip over before that, you don't have to go in her room to turn her onto her back. However, you should still wait a year before actually putting her down in her crib on her tummy. --Michelle Crouch

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the October 2007 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009

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