Sleeping Safe and Sound
Author: Jeannie Fleming-Gifford
There aren't many things as beautiful and precious as the sight and sound of a sleeping baby.
Unfortunately, even when your baby is fast asleep, they may not be safe. It is important as a parent to ensure your baby's safety. It will guarantee a good night's sleep for both you and them!
As a new parent, chances are that you will receive many recommendations on how your baby will sleep best. From swaddling (or not) to position, to music (or no music), everyone seems to have an opinion as to what will ensure good sleep for your baby.
Consider all sources, but in terms of safety, one of the best sources of advice is the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov).
The following three simple steps are a great start for ensuring your baby will sleep safe and sound:
- Your baby should be placed on his or her back to sleep. If your baby dislikes being in this position, some recommend to position the baby on their side when initially put to bed and slowly move them onto their back once they are asleep. Over time, most babies will adjust to this recommended position of sleeping on their back.
- There should be no additional bedding (i.e. blankets, pillows, or plush toys) in your baby's bed. If you are concerned about keeping your baby warm and "snug as a bug" in bed, there are safe products on the market that will ensure your baby is warm.
- Be sure the crib or other sleeping area that your baby is using is safe. As silly as that sounds, there are many different makes and models of cribs, bassinets, etc., and some may not be safe for your baby. If you choose to co-sleep with your child, be sure to do your homework and understand how you can keep your baby safe.
In addition to these 3 simple recommendations, the CPSC also advises:
- Babies should be placed to rest on a tight fitting, firm mattress.
- You look for a safety certification seal when purchasing a new crib.
- You carefully check your baby's sleeping area. Specifically, keep your eyes open for any missing or broken hardware or missing slats.