The phrase "sleep like a baby" is common because, well, have you ever seen a baby sleep? They're so peaceful and angelic that it's hard to resist giving them a good snuggling, sometimes even all night long.
While the rate of SIDS deaths have decreased, other sleep-related deaths, such as suffocation, have increased. This has the National Institute of Health researchers trying to find out just what's happening to cause this increase.
Their findings? Co-sleeping. Despite warnings and recommendations against the practice, twice as many people are co-sleeping with their infants now than 20 years ago.
Sudden Infant Death Sydrome, SIDS, is one of the leading causes of death among infants in the United States. Its causes aren't clear. Sleep positioning is a critical component and the American Academy of Pediatrics' "Back to Sleep" campaign has lowered the number of SIDS-related deaths significantly.
But it seems some parents still aren't getting the memo about what safe sleep for infants looks like.