The NYT reports that some parents are taking in all the SIDS prevention advice and theories that pediatricians put out, examining it, recognizing the still-unclear understanding of the causes of SIDS--and letting their kids sleep on their stomachs sometimes.
Because, of course, they often sleep better on their stomachs, and they don't get flat spots on their heads. Tricky shores to navigate, obviously, but if you look online, you'll find that some people are doing it. (Shoutout to bloggingbaby's Sarah for her money quotes, btw.) While a lot of emotional rhetoric is traded, one level-headed expert, Erica Lyon, a new-birth counsellor at Manhattan's RealBirth Center, has a healthy perspective:
"The role of the professional is to say 'these are the recommendations and this is why.' The role of the parent is to think critically and apply those recommendations in a way that makes their life manageable."One thing that doesn't get mentioned (besides dads, of course): grandparents. We had grandmothers helping us out for the first few weeks, and we heard all about the benefits of the old days, when kids slept through the night on their stomachs. We ended up doing "tummy time" and short naps for the kid on her stomach from fairly early on as a result, but for the most part, it was all back.