Baby Rolling and Tummy Sleeping Continues to Be a Problem

Baby rolling remains a problem


Many pediatricians give parents false assurances that their baby rolling and turning their head is an indication they will not suffer a SIDS death.  Some are giving parents reassurances that if their baby is over four months, they are “safe.”

Scientific research tells us differently. Three recent studies published in different medical journals shows a baby who is rolling for the first time (back to tummy) has a large increased risk of SIDS/asphyxia. These rates are higher if parents are swaddling baby.  Infants are dying at a rate of over 3,500 per year in the US.

Undoubtedly these deaths are occurring because of accidental suffocation, asphyxia, or undetermined causes during sleep.  According to published research from The American Academy of Pediatrics, a baby rolling and found face down on a fiber filled crib mattress continues to occur because we have no way to prevent these infants from rolling (1-3).

According to recent findings by a leading neuropathologist, some babies may have an underlying brainstem abnormality.  These infants do not have the “trigger” to turn their head or get a blanket off their face.  A rolling baby who ends up face down the mattress may not turn their head to get fresh air. These vulnerable infants simply rebreathe their carbon dioxide.  The are not attempting to get fresh oxygen.  Even Infants with great head control and upper body strength can also have this abnormality.  Breathing in their exhaled air (CO2) suppresses their need to breathe and they slip away in their sleep.  No current testing exists to that determines which infants have the brainstem abnormality (4).

New technology is crib mattresses could reduce infant death rates

Secure Beginnings’ three founders all know first hand the dangers of a baby rolling in the middle of the night.  They are on a mission to make sure no other family experiences the heartbreak of losing a child during sleep.  The created a crib mattress that allows a baby to breathe right through it.  The mattress does not allow carbon dioxide to accumulate around a baby’s face.

Recent testing conducted by both International SIDS/SUID experts and the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s accredited research scientists, prove air permeable crib mattresses and sleep surfaces are safer than crib mattresses containing fiberfill to prevent carbon dioxide rebreathing and airway obstruction. The data on the air permeable crib mattress by Secure Beginnings has been reviewed by several neonatologists including Dr William Fox, Medical Director of the Infant Breathing Disorder Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; pediatric sleep experts including Dr James Kemp, Co-Director of the Sleep Laboratory at St. Louis Children’s Hospital; and physiologist Dr. Thomas H. Shaffer, Director of the Center for Pediatric Lung Research at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and all agree the data is sound and compelling. According to these professionals, the Secure Beginnings air permeable infant mattress significantly reduces the risk of rebreathing of carbon dioxide when the infant rolls prone (5).


Want more information:


1. L’Hoir MP, Engelberts AC, van Well GTJ, et al. Risk and preventive factors for cot death in the Netherlands, a low-incidence country. Eur J Pediatr. 1998;157(8):681– 688

2. Edwin A. Mitchell, BSc, MBBS, Ch, FRACP, FRCPCH, DSc; Bradley T. Thach, MD; John M. D. Thompson, PhD; Sheila Williams, BSc; for the New Zealand Cot Death Study, Changing Infants’ Sleep Position Increases Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999;153:1136-1141

3. Rachel Y. Moon, Kantilal M. Patel and Sarah J. McDermott Shaefer. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Child Care Settings. Pediatrics 2000;106;295

4. Bradley B. Randall, David S. Paterson, Elisabeth A. Haas, Kevin G. Broadbelt, Jhodie R. Duncan, Othon J. Mena, Henry F. Krous, Felicia L. Trachtenberg, and Hannah C. Kinney. Potential Asphyxia and Brainstem Abnormalities in Sudden and Unexpected Death in Infants. Pediatrics, November 2013

5. CPSC testing lab study on an air permeable/breathable crib mattress. The full pdf of the test report…/Carbon-Dioxide-Rebreathing-As… or (!scientific-test-data/cjd5)


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