SIDS, Babies and Daycare

While doing some 3am mommy reading I found this article on the parenting magazine website but more important this paragrpah stood out for me.

Taken from

Preliminary research also suggests that babies who begin daycare before 4 months of age, like Jake Haberzettl, may be at increased risk as well. In the most recent AAP analysis, about 20 percent of all SIDS deaths occurred while the baby was in the care of someone other than a parent. One third of the infants died during the first week of childcare, and half those deaths occurred on the very first day. “It may be that starting a new routine interrupts the baby’s sleep cycle, so that when he finally does fall asleep, he sleeps too deeply,” says Dr. Moon.

It may also be that some providers don’t recognize the risks of tummy sleeping. The danger? Babies who are accustomed to sleeping on their backs are 18 times more likely to die from SIDS when put down to sleep on their stomachs. That’s why it’s important for parents to emphasize safe-sleeping practices with their providers, and try to use only a licensed facility.

After reading this article I made the decison to say…fck it, I’m going to continue to stay home and take care of my son. I don’t support the idea that babies should leave their moms at such young ages anyway. Damn the daycare. I’ll just struggle along a bit more. Then I spoke with my mom and she agreeded…truth be told she wasn’t to happy about the daycare idea anyway and was getting on my nerves with constant “are you sure cause I’m not sure” check ins. So there it is.


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