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Infant Sleep Safety

Infant Sleep Safety

Here's how to make sure that your child's sleep environment is safe, and your child is secure in his bed.

1] Your child should preferably sleep in his own crib. Bring him next to you only if he wakes up and cries or wants to be fed. Remember, don't breastfeed him when he's sleeping.

2] Don't smoke in your child's room. If you have a balcony, convert your home into a no-smoking zone and smoke only in the balcony.

3] Use a firm mattress. The mattress should be exactly the length of the crib base. There should be no space where your child's head can get stuck, or he may get smothered.

4] When placing your child in the crib, cover him with a light blanket, even in the summer, if you are sleeping with the air-conditioner on. Make sure that his head is never covered with the blanket or sheet.

5] Make sure the sheets are clean.

6] Keep a soft light on, next to his crib.

7] No matter how adorable your baby looks surrounded by soft toys and stuffed animals, it's best to avoid placing them inside his crib, especially when he's sleeping.

8] Never ever put your infant to sleep by placing him on top of a pillow.

9] Similarly, avoid putting your child to sleep on a sofa. His head may slip in between the crevices, causing him to suffocate.

10] Don't put your infant to sleep on his stomach.

11] Make sure your child's room is well ventilated.

12] There are definite advantages to having your baby sleep with you in the same bed. If you put your infant to sleep on the same bed as you, it is likely that both of you will get better sleep, as you will not have to get out of your bed every time your baby wants to be breastfed. In addition, if your baby keeps waking up at night, putting him to sleep next to you may help him feel secure, and help him sleep through the night.

However, considering the possibility of SIDS, you have to ask yourself that (heaven forbid!) should anything happen to your baby while he is sleeping with you, would you be able to handle the guilt, even if it wasn't your fault (which, in all probability, it wouldn't be)? So if you want to bring your baby into your bed, remember that while adult beds are not harmful per se for an infant, it's best to take a few extra precautions just to be on the safe side. After all, adult beds were not designed keeping baby safety in mind.

13] If you are both working parents, you may feel better at the thought of spending time with your child at night by sleeping with him. This encourages parent-child bonding. However, don't bring your child into your bed if you are intoxicated on alcohol, doped or heavily sedated for any reason. You should be in such a frame of mind, that you are able to respond to your baby's slightest movement.

14] Don't put an infant (less than ten months) to sleep on an adult bed with another sibling, especially if the sibling is just a couple of years older. Young children are unaware of the dangers of suffocation. Make sure that if your infant sleeps out of his crib, he sleeps with an adult.

15] If your child is in your bed, don't cover him with your quilt. Place him in his own baby blanket.

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Rick Rexor
Rick Rexor.10 years ago
With my first child on the way, I soon panicked realizing that we did not have a proper room for my child. Looking in a range of stores, I realize that it was important to create a room suited completely for the baby and all of its needs. This includes Modern Baby Bedding of the highest quality, so I may sleep comfortably knowing that my child was resting in a relaxing safe atmosphere.
Nisha.10 years ago
it is a very informative article for new mothers.
Milla.10 years ago
actually co-sleeping is one of the best ways reduce the risk of sids if certain precautions are taken (that is no smoking, only clear-headed adults in the same bed, no stuffed animals or fluffy pillows, mattresses preferably on the floor etc)
gina.10 years ago
what is the risk of suffocation for children at about two years of age in connection to the use of blankets?
Francis.10 years ago
is it recomended for new mom to have the newborn baby to stay in the same room for a month or so???????
Talya.10 years ago
i read so many articles and baby books reminding mothers to always point diaper pins away from a baby's stomach when fastening diapers. i must say that i do not at all agree. i always pinned my childrens cloth diapers with the pins pointing towards their stomachs and never once had a diaper pin pop open or poke a baby. advice: pin on your baby's diapers with pride and don't worry how the pins are placed, there only diapers.
JJ.10 years ago
when you start feeding your child on solids start with something simple like baby rice or porridge. if you start thr baby on yogarts he may start to tire himself out by crying. also yogarts are to rich for them start with light things after the milk
Julie.10 years ago
well, i don't have children, but what im afraid to put a infant to sleep with a blanket... would you have to check up on them a lot to make sure it is not covering there head?
CathyCsC5.10 years ago
according to all the sites for prevention of sids, you should never have a baby sleep with another child or run the risk of rolling over on the baby and suffocating the child. also adult bed mattresses are not firm enough and contain blankets and comforters which could also smother the baby. the advice given on this site is horrible! clear headed adults do not guarantee that they will not roll over on the baby. after all if the adult is sleeping, what does it matter if the adult is clear-headed or not?
Hutch.10 years ago
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