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Does the "back-to-sleep" campaign only apply to real-life parenting and not the magazines aimed at moms and dads? A study appearing in the September issue of Pediatrics took a look at 28 women's and parenting magazines – from which many mamas learn about new products and techniques – and found that more than one-third of the photos depicting babies showed them in unsafe sleeping positions, while two-thirds showed them in unsafe sleep conditions. The researchers, who looked at photos to determine if the baby was placed on its side or stomach rather than on its back, as well as the presence of bumpers, loose blankets and strings, are nervous that the images will have greater influence over new parents' actions than their doctors' orders. We've seen set designers place tots in some precariously decorated cribs, both with Brooke Burke's ribbon-filled nursery and Jennifer Lopez's extremely plush one, and say the photos were rooms not designed for use, but photos. Do magazine readers make that distinction?

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iieee_grrl iieee_grrl 8 years
We put my 4 month old on his back every night and within 5 minutes he's on his tummy. How do people know HOW the babies in the pictures were PUT to bed... maybe they flipped? Seems like an awful lot of assuming going on.. and on the part of researchers.. hmmmm not a very viable study if you asked me.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I saw this story on the news last night and I flipped out when I heard the full details. It's ridiculous to think parents will do everything word from word from what magazines say or show. Not to mention every child is different and all those techniques are just to give them ideas (every baby has their own patterns for doing things). As for saying it's not a good idea to put a baby down to sleep on their bellies well that's dumb. There are some babies out there that will only sleep on their bellies because that it is what is comfortable to them. No mom is going to argue with a baby on their sleep position if they are crying and fussy because of being tired.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
well apparently my parents weren't fit to have a child because I slept on my stomach, on their tummies for over a year.
Akpril Akpril 8 years
I'm so tired of hearing people say "If mother's don't do ____, they shouldn't have kids." While I agree that back sleeping is probably best (minus the head flattening), saying that a mother who chooses to put her baby to sleep on its stomach is unfit for raising a child is pretty harsh. It's not that they are basing their research off a magazine photo as much as you see something often enough you start to think that it's acceptable. I think it goes more like this: the art director in charge of the shoot looks around, sees what he/she thinks is interesting or beautiful and arranges the shot. They might not have kids or be thinking about practicality. It's about what's attractive for the shot.
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