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Tips to protect sleeping babies

(HealthDay) -- Finally, your baby is ready for a nap, and that means a break for you, too. But don't forget to take precautions against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleeping hazards.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says babies should never be allowed to sleep on their tummies. The "Back-to-Sleep" campaign has greatly reduced the number of SIDS deaths in recent years.

Other tips: Don't use a waterbed or a sheepskin-type cover that could cause suffocation; keep pillows and toys out of the crib; crib sides should be at least 22 inches high; make sure mattress pads and sheets fit snugly, and don't use thin plastic or garment bags as a mattress cover.

The academy says that while babies should never sleep on the stomachs, they should spend some time on their tummies while awake each day. It's important for their physical development.

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