When the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its last book on sleep advice nearly 15 years ago, cribs with drop-down sides were perfectly safe and teens weren’t texting into the wee hours of the night. Now the pediatricians’ group has a new book called “Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know’’ and the book’s editor, Dr. Rachel Moon, said the old version had to be completely rewritten because so many of the sleep issues she hears about regularly from parents weren’t around in the late 1990s. What’s more, some of the advice she learned during her training as a pediatrician has become outdated.
I was curious about how much had actually changed since I first became a parent 18 years ago. Before I’d gotten to the end of the book’s introduction, I found something that I was never told to do: Keep a newborn in the parents’ room for up to the first year of life.