Many new and not-so-new parents find themselves checking on their newborn babies multiple times a night - making sure they are breathing safely. Here is a quick reminder of important safe sleeping guidelines for your baby.
Always in the crib!
No matter how tempting it is and how tired you are, it is not recommended to share a bed with your baby or let her sleep on a sofa or other soft type of bedding. The safest place for your baby is her crib.
Keep the Crib in Your Room for 6 Months to a Year
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ new safe sleep guidelines recommend keeping your baby’s crib in your room for 6 months at least. Room sharing leads to a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). You’ll also sleep better knowing that your little one is just a few feet away!
Place baby to sleep on her back
All babies should be placed on their backs to sleep. They may have a lighter sleep in this position, but it may also be this lighter sleep that makes sleeping on their back safer. If you feel like your baby would be comforted by having some form of covers while sleeping on her back, a baby sleep bag is the perfect and safest solution.
Avoid Loose Objects or Bumpers
To make sure your baby is safe when she sleeps, it’s important to ask yourself whether they have any objects in their crib that could endanger them. Examples include loose blankets, toys, and similar items. Bumpers, while designed to protect your baby, actually pose a safety risk as they can topple over and increase the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Use a Baby Sleeping Bag
Since loose blankets are deemed unsafe, consider tucking them into a baby sleeping bag! Snug and comfortable, they can rest on their back in the crib without the danger of getting tangled or waking up cold. We have all sorts of different baby sleeping bags available in different Tog ratings, from our quilted winter-weight to fleece mid-weight and cotton light-weight versions, ensuring baby has the best and safest night’s sleep ever!
When it comes to keeping your baby comfy and snug while they slumber away, you can’t forget about safety. With these essential proactive tips, mommy and daddy can rest easy knowing that their little one is better safeguarded against safety risks. For super-soft, snuggly, and protective baby bedding and sleep accessories, check out our products today!