As you already know newborns are delicate little creatures. In fact, human newborns can do almost nothing for themselves. From eating to burping, these tiny beings need help with almost every aspect of their lives. This includes finding a safe sleeping space and position for themselves.
Because things such as suffocation and SIDS are very real and scary threats, it is of the utmost importance for you to learn how to properly put your new child down to sleep. The position, location, and surroundings of a sleeping child can make all the difference in how safe they will be during their nap or nighttime sleep.
Read on the discover how you can ensure your little one is sleeping in the safest way possible, so you can also get some rest.
Clear the Crib
You child’s crib or bassinet should be free of blankets, pillows, and toys. Your little one should be the only thing in the crib in order to avoid risk of suffocation.
Skip the Bumpers
Clearing the crib includes ridding it of any bumper pads you may have installed. While these can be super adorable additions to your nursery decor, they have the potential to be an incredibly dangerous suffocation hazard. While it may seem dangerous to go without the bumper due to little limbs going through the slats of the crib, it is actually much more dangerous to keep them on.
Sleep Sacks, Not Blankets
As mentioned before, blankets should not be kept in the crib with your baby. Instead of covering your child with a comforter or blanket, use a sleep sack, lightweight footed pajamas, or a product made specifically for swaddling.
Consider a Pacifier
Pacifiers encourage your child to suck throughout the night and prevent them from going into the deep kind of sleep that can lead to SIDS. For this reason, you may want to consider the use of a pacifier—without any clips, cords, or other attachments—during the night. Skip the multi-piece pacifiers though, and opt for a one-piece model instead.
Check the Temperature
Because you cannot use blankets in the crib, you may be tempted to bump up the temperature of your home when you put baby down. However, it is important that your little one doesn’t get too warm. For this reason, the temperature should be kept in a place that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
Super soft and cushy mattresses may feel more comfortable to you, but they just aren’t safe for baby. Instead of a pillow soft sleeping surface, opt for a firm crib mattress for your little one.
Back to Sleep
Always, always put your baby to sleep on their back. Tummy sleeping can cause your baby to go into a very deep sleep, which can in turn result in SIDS. Additionally, tummy sleeping in a child without enough muscle strength to roll over could cause suffocation.
While the nursery you prepared for your child is likely the cutest room in all the land, you may want to keep your little one in your room at night for the first few months. This will help you keep a good watch over your baby. As an added bonus, keeping your child’s crib within arm’s reach will make night nursing a much easier experience.
Always pay attention to recalls on any baby products you own, including your child’s crib or bassinet. This will help ensure you are putting your baby down to sleep in the safest place possible. Sign-up for our monthly newsletter to receive important child safety recalls right to your inbox.
By following the tips above, you will be setting your child up for a good and safe sleep each and every night. Not only will this keep baby happy and healthy, it will also help ensure you have the peace of mind to get the sleep you need.