Being a middle-aged mother, I have not paid much attention lately to the current trends in childcare. My two are 17 and 20, and I hope to have a few more years before I get to be a meddling grandma. But I have heard, vaguely, about the Back To Sleep movement, that encourages parents to put their infants down to sleep on their backs as opposed to tummy or side, as a way to combat crib-death. When I had infants, we were told to vary their sleep position in the first few months to prevent flattening out their soft little heads, and to keep them on sides or tummy primarily so that if they spit up, they wouldn’t choke. But time and science march on, and that seems not to be the current thinking.
Then a year or so ago, I began hearing that babies these days are not rolling over, and crawling, at the stages that we have come to expect, and this was primarily blamed on never being put on their tummies to sleep, but also on being confined to infant seats and carriers. But all the doctors interviewed (wish I had a handy link) said essentially that it was okay if babies skip this developmental step. I was a bit surprised that modern moms weren’t concerned about this…baby books still list rolling over as an important milestone, and I can still remember the absolute joy I felt when my firstborn rolled over and started pushing herself up on to all fours and creeping…not all on the same day, of course! I talked to a few new moms who said their kids never did this…never even crawled…and was stunned that they didn’t seem concerned.
Now there’s this in the local paper http://www.cleveland.com/health/plaindealer/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/10212823303119256.xml and I’m wondering what else is next, and how come doctors didn’t realize that flat-head syndrome would occur, when every baby book since the dawn of time used to warn about it? (Sorry for my lousy link-making…I still don’t have the hang of it, I guess.) Any thought from recent parents, or others? Is Back To Sleep worth it?