Tips How to Ensure a Safe Sleep for Your Baby

Here are tips to ensure a safe sleep for your baby. Whether you are preparing a nursery for a new arrival or your baby has already arrived, these tips will ensure a safe sleep for your baby.

According to  American Academy  of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are the ABCs to safe sleeping for your your infant.

The A stands for your baby sleeping alone. Putting toys, blankets, pillows, and crib bumpers in the sleeping area of your baby causes a high risk for suffocation.. No matter how cute they are, they increase the risk of your baby suffocating. The expression “bare is best” means nothing in the baby’s sleeping area except your baby. Avoid placing a baby on quilts blankets, pillows, or any other soft objects that also could stop your baby’s breathing.

The B stands for placing your baby on their back. This keeps your baby”s airway open. Placing babies on their tummies increases the risk of suffocation. Placing a young infant on their side is an unstable position. Hence, the child can easily fall onto their stomachs. For both night time and nap time, always place your infant onto his or her back.

The C stands for crib, bassinet, or play yard that meets current Consumer Product Safety Commission or C.P.S.C. standards. Always place your baby in a crib, bassinet or play yard for sleeping or napping.

Here are other safety tips to ensure a safe sleep for your baby.

Do not use a crib that is broken or has lose parts. The mattress needs to fit snugly in the crib. Thus, you should not be able to put two or more fingers between the mattress and crib. This can allow a baby’s head to get wedged between the mattress and crib. Use only a tight fitting sheet on a firm mattress. Always place the crib, or appropriate sleeping area away from windows, cords, and other furniture. Cords cause strangulation and death to children.  Lower the mattress to the lowest position when the infant starts pushing themselves up.

Check with Keepingbabysafe.org, C.P.S.C..gov., aap.org to see if the crib your baby is sleeping in, or is going to sleep in has a recall. When buying a new infant product, fill out all the papers with the product. So if there is a recall, you will be notified.

Share your room with your baby, but not your bed. Sharing your room, not your bed, has significantly reduced the risk of S.I.D.S (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  Many babies have died sleeping with their parents or someone else.  Babies have also died sleeping on the couch, recliner, or adult bed either alone or with someone. The caregiver has fallen asleep holding a baby, and has awaken, but the baby suffocated during that time. If sleepy or tired, always place the infant in their own safe sleeping area first.

Other helpful tips to ensure your baby is safely sleeping.

Other helpful safety tips for your baby to have a safe sleep: avoid smoking around your child. Also avoid attaching strings to the baby’s pacifier that could cause strangulation. Stop using sleep positioners. A baby easily gets trapped causing babies to suffocate.

Provide a cool room for your baby to sleep in (68 to 72 degrees F.). This will prevent any overheating in your child which also increases for suffocation. Signs of overheating are flushed cheeks, sweaty head, , and restless sleep. A one-piece sleeper is adequate for your baby to sleep in. In colder weather, a sleep sack or over lightweight pajamas are sufficient. When swaddling your infant, use a light weight blanket.

Ultimately, place your baby on their back alone on their firm mattress with a tight-fitting crib sheet.

Also, breastfeeding, and also the use of a clean, dry pacifier both help reduce the risk of S.I.D.S.

Finally,  secure your TV’s and furniture to the walls. Many children get trapped, and crushed and suffocates. Take a few minutes now to secure these large objects, even before your baby starts moving around.

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