Should my baby sleep on their back or their belly?

Many of us were raised sleeping on our bellies, but research now shows that your baby is safest on their back! Place your baby on their back for all sleep times — naps and at night. Even if a baby spits up during sleep, their anatomy and gag reflex help prevent them from choking while sleeping on their backs. If you see that your child is noticeably uncomfortable sleeping on their back (ie: they wake up every time they are placed asleep on their back), it is best to check with your pediatrician to rule out any underlying causes.


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Disclaimer: The contents of this article does not constitute medical advice. If you have concerns about any health or medical condition, diagnosis, or treatment you should consult with your pediatrician or a licensed healthcare provider.