Safe Sleep for Babies
It’s the first time your baby has slept a 4 to 5 hour chunk, and you awake completely startled.
Realizing your baby hasn’t cried out like usual, you rush over to the crib, gently place your hand on their tummy or in front of their face, and wait for reassurance that they’re breathing and well. At some point or another, all moms worry about their baby’s safety during sleep. It’s a very important topic and needs to be addresses and considered.
So how do you provide secure, safe sleep for your infant? Look at the tips below and see if there are any adjustments you need to make.
- Always place your newborn on their back for nighttime sleep and naps.
- The baby should sleep on a firm surface with taut, fitted sheets. Babies should never be placed to sleep on soft surfaces or loose-fitting sheets.
- Don’t keep toys, pillows, or blankets in the crib while your baby sleeps. Crib bumpers are also hazardous for small babies.
- If you want to co-sleep, that’s fine. But make sure the baby is beside your bed rather than in it.
- Adjust the room temperature between 20 and 23 degrees. Baby should be wearing one extra layer than what Mom and Dad are wearing.
- Wearable blankets and sleep sacks are a much better option than loose blankets.