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How should my baby sleep in the crib?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sleeping on the back as the safest position for babies to sleep. The crib should meet current safety standards and babies should sleep on a firm, flat mattress at naptime and nighttime. Slats of the crib should not be wider than a soft drink can. Remove soft, fluffy items such as quilts, comforters, pillows and stuffed animals from the crib, and do not let baby get too hot. Supervised "tummy time" is important while babies are awake. Tell others who help take care of your baby (family, friends, babysitters, child care providers) to place your baby on his or her back while sleeping. For more information on sleep safety, call 1-800-421-3511 or visit the SIDS Resources, Inc. website.

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