New Infant Guidelines: No Bumper Pads, No TV

Doctors' group also says breastfeeding cuts SIDS risk
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2011 2:27 PM CDT
New Infant Guidelines: No Bumper Pads, No TV
Don't do this, says the American Academy of Pediatrics   (Shutterstock)

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for infants to cut down on sleep-related deaths and reduce TV time. The new sleep guidelines now recommend against all types of bumper pads, noting that “there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.” They also urge mothers to breastfeed babies and give them pacifiers to reduce the chances of sudden infant death syndrome, the Wall Street Journal reports. Parents are urged to let their babies sleep in the same room, but not the same bed, as mom and dad.

The TV-related guidelines recommend no screen time at all for children under 2—no, not even those Baby Einstein videos, the AFP reports. The AAP says that screen viewing has been linked to developmental delays—and so has parental screen-watching. “When the TV is on, the parent is talking less. There is some scientific evidence that shows that the less talk-time a child has, the poorer their language development is,” the lead author of the guidelines explains. The guidelines also recommend no more than two hours of screen time per day after age 2, but they do not refer to interactive media like video games or smartphones. (Read more American Academy of Pediatrics stories.)

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