When you tuck your baby down, it’s natural to worry and check in to ensure that everything is okay – especially during those first months. After all, worry is an inevitable part of the parenting equation. And when it comes to your baby’s sleeping positions, it can cause more worry than ever, especially with the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
That’s why knowing the correct positions for your baby during the first months is crucial. A recent study showed that many parents were not following expert’s advice regarding safe sleep practices for babies, so make sure you are properly informed.
There are a few simple rules that can greatly reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Even though the crib might seem bare without all the toys and bedding or overtired parents may be tempted to fall asleep on the couch with their newborn, it is important to follow these rules all the time; every night, and every nap time. Here’s what to be aware of when it comes to the best sleeping positions for your infant.
The Back is the Best
When your baby is a newborn under 4 months of age, the back is the only sleeping position for your baby. Having your infant sleep on her side or stomach can increase the potential for SIDS to occur. So always place them on their back when setting them down for sleep. Some babies with stomach issues may seem to sleep deeper on their stomachs but it is simply not worth taking the risk.
It’s also important to ensure that there isn’t anything in the bed that could potentially obstruct your baby’s breathing, such as crib bumpers, stuffed toys or blankets. Generally, sleeping bags, like the baby deedee sleep nest, with a fitted neck, armholes and no hood are recommended as the safest route.
The Stomach Roll
When your baby has reached about 4 to 5 months of age, it is natural for them to start rolling onto their side or stomach. At this stage, they will begin to move around and find a position that’s more comfortable for them. However, continue to place them to sleep on their back. Supervised tummy time in the early months is an important way to develop those neck muscles and make it safer once babies learn to roll on to their stomachs.
Be Cautious and Diligent During the First Year
Since SIDS is still a risk until your baby has reached 12 months, it is imperative to always be extra cautious and diligent about how your baby is sleeping for the first year. Babies should always sleep in a crib with a firm mattress, never a sofa or their parents’ bed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently updated its safe sleep guidelines and has highlighted that having the crib located in your room for six to ideally twelve months also reduces the risk of SIDS.
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