RESOURCES for Helping Your Baby Sleep Safely



The following are some additional resources for parents and child care professionals.



Dr. Rachel Moon of George Washington University has advised parents to steer clear of commercial sleep websites, such as those from retailers selling infant products. She and her colleagues found 185 relevant websites from companies or interest groups; 54 of them (29%) gave incorrect information.

New swaddling gear saving babies' lives. Wall Street Journal Article: "When a Cuddly Crib Puts the Baby in Danger."

information for health care practitioners

box Another study by Dr. Rachel Y. Moon, of Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. shows evidence of poor compliance with AAP recommendations on sleep positioning by both health care personnel (the primary birth hospitals were surprisingly among the last, rather than first, to implement the AAP recommendations) and parents.

Two years after the AAP recommendations were issued, only 60% of all the parents surveyed reported receiving instructions consistent with AAP recommendations. Among the inner-city, low-income parents, only 48 percent reported receiving AAP instructions, whereas nearly three-quarters of the private practice patients had been appropriately instructed. The following is information and resources for pediatricians, childcare workers and parents: