Co-Sleeping Hack – Preventing Deformational Plagiocephaly

May 8, 2014 at 4:00 am 1 comment

Earlier this week, NPR shared a link to an article called “My Baby’s Head Is Flat! Study: Expensive Helmet Likely Won’t Help.”

NPR Link

Ryan and I first heard about “Deformational Plagiocephaly” from our pediatrician when our oldest son was a newborn. Because babies are often put on their back to sleep to prevent SIDS and their little heads are still malleable, their heads can get flat if they always lay on the same side. Like the article, our pediatrician recommended positioning the baby’s head in different directions during sleep. The pediatrician talked about using rolled up towels and blankets to help hold the baby’s head in place…which if you tend to be an over-active worrier like me, you might suddenly have concerns about baby suffocating on said blankets. : )

It can be a little controversial, but we do co-sleep and bedshare. Everyone has to make the right choices for their family. If co-sleeping happens to be the choice for your family as well, then I have a little hack for you!

With our second son, I noticed he was ALWAYS facing my direction. It was his natural inclination. To prevent deformational plagiocephaly, we didn’t have to bother with rolled up blankets and towels. I didn’t have to fret about additional suffocation hazards. I just alternated what side of him I was on.

Easy schmeasy.

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Preventing Deformational Plagiocephaly…Just By Sleeping

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. narami  |  May 8, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Baby J slept on her side since she was a newborn, I didn’t prop her on anything (I did alternate sides). Which by the way, a neighbor found her baby face down and struggling for air after using a blanket prop, no thank you very much.


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