Parents still putting babies to sleep in unsafe positions, study finds

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A new study shows that too many parents continue to put their babies in risky sleep environments.

The report — released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics — looked at video recordings of infants between the ages of 1 and 6 months sleeping at their homes.

The footage showed a number of parents putting their babies at risk by placing them down on their sides or stomachs. Parents were also seen using sleep surfaces that were too soft, bedding that was too loose, or allowing their child to share a bed with them.

Researchers say the findings comes despite a decades-long campaign to encourage parents to have babies sleep on their backs.

The Department of Health and Human Services say sleep-related deaths are the most common cause of death for babies 1 month to 1 year of age.