Sleeping Safe and Sound

Sleeping Like a Baby

The following three simple steps are a great start for ensuring your baby will sleep safe and sound:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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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.

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  1. may daughter sleeps on her back and sometimes she rolls over to her side

  2. Aiden says:

    Are pack n plays safe for sleeping?

    • Eva says:

      Yes they are. Just make sure that the baby is not always sleeping in them. Or at least make sure that it is comfy enough for the baby!

  3. Melody says:

    My little one was happy being swaddled completely for about three months. We still wrapped up her legs for another three months, but she kept getting up at night. Finally, I realized that she had maybe outgrown the swaddle. Fully capable of turning over both ways, she’s free now to find her own most comfortable position. Usually she sleeps on her tummy now. Since we keep plush things away, I’m not worried about her suffocating.

  4. allie_cat says:

    my son wouldnt sleep on his back he prefers the stomach so i let him i always make sure his face isnt down on the bed and he sleeps just fine.

  5. Sara says:

    My biggest concern is keeping him warm enough because our room is in the basement.

  6. I swaddle my daughter and then take another blanket and tuck her in snug like a bug. It help her stay swaddled.

  7. Rebeccajean says:

    My baby will only go to sleep on his side, lately I have been having issues having him fall asleep in his crib but I tried swaddling him last night and then put him in bed and he didn’t fuss at all. But he woke up with his blanket off everytime (he kicks it off i think) and his skin felt cold. I’m afraid he will get sick from not being warm enough. He already has a stuffy nose 🙁 also he would not sleep more than 2 hours, maybe it was from him being cold. I am a first time mommy and i dont want to do it wrong. any ideas?

  8. Maria says:

    my 3 month old girl doesn’t like to sleep on her back. So we need to keep her swaddled in order to keep her calm. Can’t wait until she is able to sleep without being swaddled in her crib.

  9. Makayla says:

    My little guy will only sleep propped up on his boppy for night-time because he has such bad gas and fusses all night if he’s not propped. The Dr. said as long as he’s on his back it’s okay because if he’s not in a semi-upright position his gas has such a hard time passing and causes him so much discomfort that he doesn’t get the recommended amount of sleep at night and his daytime activities suffer. During the day he does a great job on his belly napping, with monitoring of course! He is never left alone sleeping on his belly!!!

  10. tammy says:

    my youngest is a back sleeper but older two always wanted to be on their tummy!

  11. Angela says:

    My baby is a side sleeper. I turn her after half hour. It works for us.

  12. Deee says:

    My daughter would not sleep on her back for anything at all!

  13. Marti says:

    my son won’t sleep on his back, he likes to sleep on his belly!

  14. Babies should ALWAYS sleep on their backs but make up for tummy time during the day!

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