When you have a newborn, you want them to sleep soundly, so you can in turn sleep soundly. You also want them to sleep safely. To decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In order to do that, you need to abide by some guidelines for safe sleep.
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How to Keep Your Newborn Safe While Sleeping?
Chances are that if you have a newborn then you have a lot of questions surrounding the topic of sleep. Can I put pillows, blankets, stuffed animals in the crib with them? Do they have to sleep on their back? There are different things that you can do to keep your baby safe and to decrease the risk of SIDS.
Put Your Baby to Sleep on Back
You always want to lay your baby on their back when they first sleep. Now don’t be concerned if you find your baby on their tummy. Some babies end up rolling over in the night and just end up on their stomach. This is fine as long as they start out on their back.
Don’t Put Anything in Crib/Bassinet
You should never put any stuffed animals, blankets, or pillows or bumpers inside of the crib. You should only have the mattress and your baby. If you are concerned about your baby getting cold or if they do end up getting cold, you can place them inside of a sleep sack.
A sleep sack is a wearable blanket, that gives extra warmth. If your baby is at an age where they can start rolling, a sleep sack is still safe because all of the extra material is near their feet and nothing is near their head.
Don’t Let Your Baby Overheat
You might be concerned with your baby getting too cold, but don’t go overboard with the layers and make your little one overheat. It is best to have your baby in a footed sleeper when they sleep. And then you can add a sleep sack if needed. But usually, nothing extra is needed. The ideal temperature year-round for your baby to sleep in is between 68 degrees and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
When babies are exposed to second-hand smoke, there is an increased risk of SIDS.
Keep Everything Out of Reach of Your Baby
You want to want to make sure the crib or whatever you are using for your baby to sleep in is not within anything that your baby could reach and could be unsafe. Make sure your baby is not near any electrical outlets. Or if they are, make sure there are covers inside of them.
Make sure they are out of reach of cords from a lamp, a noise machine, or from the blinds. It is okay to use a mobile, but make sure it is at least 12 inches away from them and to get rid of it when they are starting to sit up. If they reach for it and are able to pull it, there is a possibility it could fall and hurt them.
Use a Pacifier
A pacifier also decreases the risk of SIDS. Experts are not entirely sure why, but they think it is because a baby that uses a pacifier is not in as deep of sleep because they are actively sucking on the pacifier. So, they can wake themselves up easier. It keeps them more alert, aware, and safer.
Swaddle Until Your Baby Rolls
Swaddling is totally fine. The safety of it gets questioned because it usually involves a blanket. Once your baby starts rolling, it is no longer safe. Your baby could get tangled inside of it. A lot of babies like to be swaddled because it reminds them of the womb so it makes them feel safe. Their startle reflexes are decreased.
Although it is serious to keep your baby safe while sleeping, it doesn’t have to be scary. By following safe sleep guidelines, then you can keep your baby comfortable and safe while sleeping. And hopefully, your baby will sleep more soundly as well.
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