The Huge Mistake You're Making at Baby's Bedtime

baby sleeping in cribGetting baby to sleep is a struggle every parent faces. From choosing their location (to co-sleep or not to co-sleep), to getting them to finally sleep through the night, parents around the world are desperately trying to figure out ways to get that little newborn to bed. If you're worried that you're doing it all wrong, you might be right.

A new study, conducted by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 55 percent of parents in the United States are putting their baby to sleep with unsafe bedding.

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That's right. More than half of all babies in America are put to bed with sheets, toys, bumpers, quilts, and comforters that actually increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The researchers analyzed data from the National Infant Sleep Position Study and found that out of 20,000 responses, 54.7 percent were deemed as unsafe sleeping conditions for babies.

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There is some good news: the overall numbers have declined over the years. When looking at the same data from 1993 to 1995, more than 85 percent of parents made these mistakes, so the most recent numbers show an improvement.

But the numbers are still alarmingly high.

Those pretty quilts and plush toys may look great as decoration, but they can actually pose a major suffocation risk for babies, according to the NIH. The proper way to place a baby to bed is quite simple: they should be alone, on their backs, and on a firm sleep surface, and covered by a single fitted sheet. No need for thick blankets and heavy pillows.

In this case, simple is best. So ditch those custom pillows and hand-stitched quilts. It's the key to keeping your baby safe at night.

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