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
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 infantto
sleep by placing him on top of a pillow.
9] Similarly, avoid putting your
childto sleep on a sofa. His head may slip in between the crevices, causing
him to suffocate.
10] Don't put your infantto sleep
on his stomach.
11] Make sure your child's room is
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
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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