Safe Sleep Explained by the American Academy of Pediatrics
In an effort to keep sleeping babies safe, and decrease the risk of sleep related infant deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their policy statement to include new evidence that supports skin to skin care of the newborn and addresses the use of in bed sleepers as well as bedside sleepers.

Babies are safest sleeping on their backs. Side lying babies can more easily roll onto their stomachs making it less safe that back sleeping. Yet, many parents choose this, out of fear of baby choking. The baby’s airway anatomy and gag reflex will prevent this from happening....