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

When can I stop putting my baby to sleep on her back?
Submitted by Parents Team

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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