Important Tips for New Parents

To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), infants should be placed on their backs to sleep. Babies who spend most of their wake time in one position may develop skull flattening (flathead) and/or weak muscles in their trunk.

Here are some tips to help you position your newborn baby properly:

  • limit the time baby spends on his or her back when awake (i.e. baby can play on his or her side or tummy, decrease the time spent in car seats and infant seats) and change baby’s position often when awake.
  • gradually increase baby’s supervised time on their tummy when awake. This will develop head and trunk control and decrease pressure on baby’s head
  • put your baby on their back to sleep and alternate your baby’s position in the crib by placing his or her head near the foot of the crib one day and the head of the crib the next day (babies tend to turn their head to look out of their crib)

Also, remember to talk, play and sing to your baby. It is their everyday experiences that will play an important part in their healthy development.

If you have any concerns please contact your doctor. For more information visit the “Peel Public Health” website at


Angela Mitrovic PT, Physiotherapist, and Myra Del Rosario OT Reg. (Ont.), Occupational Therapist

Credit Valley Hospital