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Pediatrics group issues new baby safety recommendations to prevent SIDS

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Babies should be sleeping in the same room as their parents, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Joanna Hatch and Joshua Adams are experienced parents: a blended family of three, with baby Vivian just two months old. 

Experts now say infants like Vivian should sleep in their parents' room for the first year, in a crib or bassinet with a firm surface. The American Academy of Pediatrics released the new guidelines Monday, saying room-sharing cuts the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by as much as 50 percent.

"The thought is babies will be better monitored by their parents," said Dr. Heather Felton, a pediatrician with U of L Physicians. "If they hear any funny breathing or erratic noises, the parent would be more alerted to it if the baby was still in the room."

The AAP also reaffirmed recommendations including putting babies to sleep on their backs without bumpers, blankets, pillows or toys.

Hatch was taken aback. 

"It's just, it's just very different," she said. "They didn't recommend not co-sleeping when I had my daughter. They never told me not to sleep with her." 

"I think they were like, 'It's kind of okay if they sleep on their belly,' but they hadn't 'x'd it out yet," she added.

Also new, there is a change in recommendations for nighttime feedings. 

"They used to recommend, if moms were breastfeeding, to keep mom awake...to get up and move into a chair," said Dr. Felton. "It's actually more dangerous if an infant falls asleep on, like, an armchair or a couch. Now they recommend that moms breastfeed in the bed with the baby."

Dr. Felton is sharing the updates with her patients. Hatch had already heard. 

"When I read it, I was really excited because we we were already doing the things we were supposed to be doing," she said.

But even the experienced mom says times have changed so much since the last time she gave birth.

"My daughter is eight and there's nothing that's the same," she said.

It's almost like baby Vivian is her first.

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