Baby Sleeping Tips and Safety Advice

Baby Sleeping Tips and Safety Advice

As every new parent knows, it can be challenging to put your baby to bed, let alone ensure your little one gets a safe and restful night's sleep. Follow these guidelines to help keep your sleeping baby safe.

  1. Choose firm over soft. Have your baby sleep on a firm mattress. You'll also want to clear your baby's crib of stuffed animals and toys, pillows, blankets, crib bumpers, and any other soft bedding items that could increase the risk of suffocation. If your baby falls asleep in an infant carrier or stroller, move him to a firm surface as soon as possible.
  2. Keep your baby cool. Before bedtime, dress your baby in no more than one more layer than you would wear yourself, given the room temperature. You can tell if she is too hot during the night if she is sweating, if she has damp hair or flushed cheeks, if she is breathing rapidly, or if her chest is hot to the touch.
  3. Place your baby on her back. Babies should always be placed on their backs to sleep for the first year of life. If your healthy baby is already able to roll from tummy to back on her own, it's okay for her to do so in her sleep.

Bedtimes should be filled with sweet dreams. With these safety tips in mind, you and your baby are set for some well-deserved rest.

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