Nightly News   |  October 19, 2011

Nothing but the sleeping baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued strict new guidelines for babies’ cribs. Nothing should be allowed in the crib but a sleeping baby. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: This is a big change since a lot of us raised our kids, and this may surprise a lot of parents and grandparents. The strict new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics are nothing should be allowed in the crib but a sleeping baby. Nothing. No blankets, no bumpers, no pillows, no toys, nothing at all. It's also suggested infants sleep in their parents' room so they can hear them, see them and touch them. One doctor on the task force says babies can roll into anything soft and suffocate against it and can crawl under it. This all, of course, is about preventing sudden infant death , responsible for 2300 infant deaths a year.