Making sure your baby is safe is always top of mind for parents; especially while sleeping. To try and calm some of these nerves, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following sleep safety guidelines to help you have peace of mind when putting your baby to rest.
Safe Sleep Recommendations for your Infant
Back is Best
Always place baby to sleep on his back at nap-time and nighttime. Babies are at risk of suffocation when placed on their bellies.
Use a new cot or bedside bassinet
When choosing a baby cot or bassinet, make sure it meets current safety standards and has a firm mattress. Do not use a baby cot that is more than 10 years old or that has been modified in any way.
Only use a Sheet
Cots and bedside bassinets should only have a tight-fitting sheet around the mattress—nothing else.
Eliminate everything in the cot
Cots should not have any soft bedding, toys, bumpers, pillows, or positioners etc.as they can pose a suffocation hazard for babies.
No Loose Blankets
To keep baby warm, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the use of a sleeping bag such as the HALO® SleepSack® Swaddle or SleepSack® Sleeping Bag. Both replaces loose blankets in the cot which can compromise baby’s breathing.
Room Share, Do Not Bed Share
Do not bed share as this can put a baby at risk of suffocation. The AAP has recommend keeping baby close during the early months to facilitate night time feeding and to enhance bonding. For safer sleep for baby, opt for close sleep—in the same room next to your bed—and do not co-sleep or bed-share which is the biggest threat to an infant up to four months of age. Remember, baby needs his own safe sleep space wherever he sleeps! There are many options for keeping baby close and safe during the night, such as the HALO® BassiNest® swivel sleeper which allows you to keep your baby as close to you as possible, but in his own safe sleep space.
Offer a dummy when putting baby to sleep.
If breastfeeding, introduce dummy after one month or after breastfeeding has been established. Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface.
Adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc are not safe for baby.
Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep
Keep the room temperature 20-22 degrees celsius. Babies should be dressed in layers to keep them at a comfortable temperature.
Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
Following these tips will help give baby a safe sleep environment which will help your little one get a good night’s rest.