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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.

53 Comments

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Had to show hubby

5/5/2016
My hubby and I disagree on the way we dress our baby at night .. I like her in a onesie with a soft cool swaddle as my husband wants to turn up the air to warm and dress her in layers... As I can see... I win! Haha harmless fun so glad to know I'm right

good tips

4/25/2016
this article has some good safety tips

helpful

twiztidmomma 4/13/2016
very helpful thank you

helpful

4/8/2016
this was very helpful!

Rolling

4/6/2016
My child's pediatrician said that as soon as the baby can roll from back to tummy, not to worry about tummy sleep. Put them to sleep on their backs, but if they roll, it's not a big deal. Mine were never good back sleepers either (I have 3). They generally slept on their side (or back) until they could roll. I tried putting them to sleep on their back, but they would startle themselves awake (especially at nap time). I think it has a lot to do with being swaddled and feeling secure.
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