We’d like to share with you some simple safety tips to have in mind when putting your baby to sleep for nights and naps. Many of them have been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS*.
- Put your baby to sleep on his back
- Keep your baby’s face clear of coverings
- Do not leave loose bedding, pillows, or stuffed toys in the crib
- Do not over-clothe your baby, avoid overheating
- Use a safety-certified crib (JPMA certified)
- Have a firm crib mattress
- Don’t let your baby fall asleep on the sofa, or untied on a swing/ bouncy seat
- Maintain an appropriate temperature on your baby’s room (68 – 72 F)
- Improve the ventilation in your baby’s room
- Avoid exposing your baby to tobacco smoke
- Offer your baby a pacifier (under 12 months old)
Educate babysitters, day-care providers, grandparents, and everyone who cares for your baby about SIDS risk and the importance of observing the advice offered here.
* SIDS: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected, sudden death of a child under age 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death. There are no symptoms. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can help reduce your infant’s risk.
The goal is for your baby’s nursery to be a calm, soothing place.
The associations that your child has with the nursery, as mentioned in previous posts, should be positive.
Here are some things that you can do to make your baby’s nursery more conducive to sleep:
- Dark: try to keep your baby’s nursery dark while she’s sleeping. It does not have to be pitch black though; in fact, some kids might need a night-light to sleep between 18 months and 2 years old, when they start having nightmares. If you decide to leave a night-light make sure it’s not too bright, but gives enough light for your toddler to see his surroundings.
- Quiet: nursery should be away from the main activity area of your home. You don’t need to be whispering around while your baby naps or sleeps, but she shouldn’t be exposed to loud noise while sleeping.
- Crib: your crib should be comfortable and free of toys and blankets. Make sure your crib is JPMA certified.
- Temperature: Room temperature is vital in creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby and should be maintained at 68-72°F to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- No TV, radio, dvd, phone… or other electronic devices or toys accessible to your child.