Sleep is something that many new parents obsess over. Is their baby getting enough sleep? Too much sleep? Not enough consolidated sleep? It can be overwhelming and exhausting. One of the biggest fears about sleep that many parents with a new baby have is SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden, unexpected, and unexplained death of what appears to be a healthy baby. About 2,300 babies die per year in the United States.1 It’s an alarming statistic, and every parent wants to reduce the risk of SIDS for their babies. Thankfully we have a special guest who is talking to us about it and what we can do.
Dr. Harvey Karp is one of America’s most trusted pediatricians, and we are thrilled to have him on our podcast again. He is the author of the bestselling books Happiest Baby on the Block and Happiest Toddler on the Block and the video Happiest Baby on the Block, which I highly recommend. Dr. Karp has become a household name and has helped millions of parents understand safe infant sleep practices. He has guided parents in nurturing their children and relieving some of the stressful issues new parents face. We couldn’t think of a better person to talk to about this important topic.
Today Dr. Karp discusses SIDS — what parents need to know and how to reduce the risk of SIDS. We talk about the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated sleep guidelines, the new SIDS research that found a possible connection to babies at risk of SIDS, and more. There are many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and practice safe sleep, and Dr. Karp is breaking it all down for us.