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What is the right position for newborns to sleep in?

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Always put your child on her back to sleep, on a firm sleep surface, with nothing else in the crib or bassinet -- just a mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.

By the end of the first month, newborns start to fit their sleep into longer periods. But it will be a few more months before your baby gets into a predictable pattern of a morning, early afternoon, and late afternoon nap, and a longer stretch of sleep at night.

From: A Day in the Life of Your Newborn WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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