TitleRethinking Dr. Spock.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBovbjerg, ML
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Pagination1812; author reply 1812-3
Date Published2011 Oct

I think that it is inappropriate to present a biography—however brief—on Dr. Spock that references his best-selling book on child care, Baby and Child Care, 2 as a “classic parenting guide,” yet fails to mention that this very book was the first to promote prone sleeping for infants. As we know in retrospect, prone sleeping drastically increases a baby's risk of dying of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Dr. Spock's book was not the only popular book to advocate prone sleeping at the time, but further revisions continued to make the recommendation nine years after solid epidemiological evidence had accumulated regarding the increased risk of SIDS for babies being placed on their stomachs for sleep.