Study: New moms making critical mistakes when it comes to babies and sleep

Posted on: 3:15 pm, February 20, 2014, by

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A new study shows that a lot of new parents are making critical mistakes when it comes to newborns.

Sleep is something that new moms crave more than anything but a good night’s sleep is elusive when there is a baby in the house.

Newborns have their days and nights mixed up and can’t seem to doze off without being held in your arms.

Despite new moms knowing the basics of sleep safety, mothers are making critical mistakes.

Three out of four moms are putting something in the crib, like a blanket, bumper or stuffed animal.

Also, 25 percent of new parents are putting their infant down to sleep on their stomachs, which has been proven to increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The most dangerous and potentially deadly mistake is that 65 percent of mothers have slept in bed with their baby.

That practice raises the risk of death 40 times, compared to babies sleeping in a crib.

Instead, experts say you should put the baby down alone in an empty crib on their back.