5 Safe Sleeping Tips for Your Baby

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, otherwise known as SIDS, continues to be the leading cause of death for infants 1 month to 1 year of age.

SIDS is a silent medical disorder that can happen to any healthy baby. Statistics show that most SIDS deaths happen in babies between 1 month and 4 months of age, with the 90% of the deaths occurring before the baby reaches 6 months.

Since 1994, SIDS rates have dropped drastically, as insight and safety awareness on how to prevent SIDS has grown. Here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of SIDS.

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Crib Safety

  1. Use a firm sleeping surface, such as an approved crib mattress that is covered with a fitted sheet.
  2. Avoid using blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, and stuffed animals.
  3. Consider putting your baby to bed with a pacifier. Pacifier use has been shown to reduce the SIDS risk.

Sleepwear

Dress your baby in a fitted pajama outfit and a wearable blanket. In the winter months, you can keep your baby warm with flannel fitted sheets; however, avoid overheating.

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Sleep Location

It is recommended that you place your baby's sleeping crib, co-sleeper, or bassinet close to where you sleep.

Put Baby Back to Bed

Place your baby on his or her back to sleep. Babies who sleep on their stomach or side have a greater risk of SIDS since they have a chance of the mattress smothering them. When your baby begins to roll over — around 6 months of age — it is OK to let him or her choose a sleep position.

Avoid Adult Beds Alone

Adult beds are a danger of suffocation, because of the soft bedding. It is unsafe for an infant to sleep next to a sibling or younger child, who might roll on them. When co-sleeping, avoid drinking alcohol or heavy medications. You should also avoid smoking around the baby.

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5 Safe Sleeping Tips for Your Baby

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Steph Steph says:

    So if my son would have been sleeping on his back he would be alive today? As if I don’t feel guilt for the last 25 years…..my other four children were just fine

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