Updated AAP Guidelines for Creating a Safer Sleep Environment
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their safe sleep recommendations for infants (through the first year of life after birth), published in the July 2022 issue of Pediatrics. Several recommendations remain the same as those made in 2016. For example, babies younger than one-year-old are safest when placed on their backs on a firm flat surface without any pillows, blankets, bumpers, other soft bedding, or toys in the sleep environment. Other recommendations, such as the recommendations against putting a baby to sleep on an inclined surface, or using heart and breathing monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS, have been included.
The full set of recommendations contains complete explanations of why these recommendations are made and how they relate to protecting against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation, strangulation, or other unexplained infant death during sleep. Below is an abbreviated list of recommendations: