Less Than Half Of Moms Are Putting Babies To Sleep On Their Backs, Study Finds

baby in sleep sack with hat on sleeping on back

Most parents today know babies should be placed on their backs to sleep, thanks in large part to the efforts of the American Academy of Pediatrics and initiatives like Safe to Sleep. But in a surprising new study, researchers found that a majority of moms aren’t actually following through on safe sleep recommendations—and they looked into the reasons why.

The study, published yesterday by the AAP, found only 49 percent of moms put their babies to sleep exclusively on their backs even though 77.3 percent say they usually place babies on their backs. What’s more surprising: Of the nearly 58 percent of moms who say they intended on putting…

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