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5 Baby Sleep Myths That Do More Harm Than Good

November 22, 2017

5 Baby Sleep Myths That Do More Harm Than Good

There are lots of baby sleep myths out there that can do more harm than good for your little one. And with so much information available, it can be overwhelming to decipher what information is accurate. Well, here at Baby deedee, our goal is always to ensure that all of our little ones are comfy, safe, and well taken care of.  And to ensure their safety at all times, we always recommend speaking with a licensed pediatrician about any baby-related questions that you may have. But first, you can start now by learning about these five myths in regards to baby sleep that can impact the safety of your little one.

 

Placing your Baby on Their Side

 

Babies should always be put to sleep on their back and not their stomach or their side to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). When placed on their side, babies can easily roll from their side onto their belly, increasing the risk of SIDS.

 

Placing your Baby in Your Bed

 

Another common baby sleep myth is when parents think that if their baby sleeps in their ‘adult’ bed, then they can keep a closer eye on them to keep them safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. SIDS does not have any symptoms or warning signs that an adult will be able to hear. Sleeping with a baby in an adult bed increases the risk of suffocation, especially when there are pillows or blankets around, and if they are sleeping between two adults or with other children. It’s best to keep your baby in its own crib in the same room where you sleep in order to reduce the risk of SIDS.

 

Allowing Pets to Sleep Near the Baby

 

You should never, ever leave a pet alone with your baby. Even a cat can jump into the crib and cause scratches or smother your infant. Dogs are pack animals that can become jealous of babies – the sent of a baby is strong, which can upset a dog, which have a sense of smell that is 10,000 times more powerful than humans. If a baby is left crying, an unattended dog will start to examine the noise with their mouth, as this is how dogs investigate their surroundings. The noise of a baby can excite them, which can sometimes cause a dog to bite.

So, as much as you may love and trust your furry pets, it’s always best to keep your baby with you at all times when around them, and ensure that any pets cannot access the nursery or any place where your baby is sleeping.

 

Using Crib Bumpers

 

Using crib bumpers is a common baby sleep myth that can actually cause more harm than good. Babies can roll and get tangled in bumpers, posing as a potential suffocation risk to your little one. It’s best to keep anything – besides a well-fitted sheet designed for cribs or sleep bags and sacks – out of your baby’s crib.

Your baby’s safety is your number one priority, and that’s why at Baby deedee, we design bedding, as well as clothing and accessories, that keep your baby snug, comforted, and protected. Check out our line of baby products that can assist in making your baby more cozy and safe.

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