Re: Sids Prevention
What I would like to share is that SIDS is extremely rare, even if you take none of the suggested precautions. I know it happens and when it does, it has to be totally devastating. I cannot even imagine the pain and my heart and prayers go out to all those who have had to experience the loss of a child, at any age, due to any cause. I just wanted to re-inforce though to all new parents out there that SIDS is not likely to happen to your baby no matter what you do or do not do. There are some common sense ways to minimize the risks such as not having any suffocation hazards in the crib, not smoking around a baby and not allowing the baby to sleep in places such as water beds or on very soft mattresses. However, babies have died of SIDS on their sides, on their backs, on their tummies, in their cribs, in their bassinets in their parents' beds, in their swings and even in a parent's arms. Nothing can prevent it and I think when we suggest that something can, we run the risk of making a parent who has lost a child to SIDS feel guilty about something he or she did or didn't do. The fact is, no one really knows what causes SIDS and no one really knows how to prevent it. So, do whatever you feel is best for your baby and your situation and try to relax and enjoy your baby. They grow so fast and chances are, your baby will NOT die of SIDS!