Re: back sleeping?
SIDS is extremely rare no matter how your baby sleeps, and that statement comes directly from the AAP. The risk is not even close to 1% for a tummy sleeping newborn, and though the risk is a bit smaller, it still exists for babies who sleep on their backs. If you walk into any newborn intensive care unit you will find most of the stable babies sleeping on their tummies. True they are monitored, but if the risk were that great they wouldn't take that chance. Still, you have to do what makes you comfortable. Our first two were born in the tummy sleeping era (before 93) and I can tell you based on firsthand experience that SIDS was rare then too. We also never heard the term sleep training because babies just simply, slept and we never heard of infant reflux. I am thinking that reflux may have a connection with the back to sleep movement. Also, I have heard that one of the reasons that SIDS rates have dropped since back to sleep is because since the BTS movement doctors have been required to order autopsies for any infant death. This was not the case several years ago. Babies who died in their sleep were always listed as SIDS cases and now after autopsies they are still finding some SIDS cases, but also suffocation, heart and respiratory issues, even in some cases, child abuse or neglect. Thus, there are a less cases of SIDS. In the end, you just have to do what works best for you and your baby and what you are comfortable doing. If you will lose more sleep worrying about your baby sleeping on his or her tummy, than obviously it won't serve its purpose anyway. Carseat sleeping and swing sleeping also work well for babies who don't sleep well on their backs and have not yet learned to roll over on their own.