Recently, there have been some tragic deaths due to infants sleeping in unsafe conditions. As a reminder, here are the guidelines for putting infants to sleep in a safe environment.
Safe sleeping practices for infants
(minimize risk of SIDS)
- 1. Place baby into crib on his or her back. This is the safest position. There is a greater risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when babies sleep on their sides or stomachs.
- 2. Make sure blankets can’t cover baby’s head. There is no need to use a blanket or other loose coverings when your infant is wearing the baby deedee Sleep Nest.*
- 3. Remove from crib all soft toys, pillows, quilts, crib bumpers and other soft products. Babies can suffocate if they roll into these types of soft items, and they can get stuck between pillows or cushions. Keep these out of the crib.
- 4. Use a firm and well-fitting mattress. Make sure there are no gaps between the mattress and the edge of the crib, where a baby’s head can get stuck.
- 5. Avoid baby sleeping on couches or makeshift bedding. There is a danger of smothering when they sleep on a couch, or on makeshift bedding, such as mattresses or mats on the floor. Baby deedee Sleep Nest is only intended to be worn in a crib.
- 6. Avoid overheating. Keep bedroom at a temperature that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult, and avoid overbundling. Infant should not feel hot to the touch.
*The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of baby sleeping bags designed to keep infants warm without the need for a blanket or other covering.