Baby Sleep: Top tips

Baby Sleep: Top tips

Ensure restful sleep for the whole family with this three-point checklist.

As every new parent knows, it can be challenging to put your baby to bed, let alone ensure he gets a good 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 pillows and stuffed animals 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 her in no more than one more layer than you would wear yourself, given the room temperature. Sweating, damp hair flushed cheeks, rapid breathing and a hot chest are all signs that she's too hot.
  3. Place her 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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carter3 11/25/2015

Sleeping on their backs is definitely the safest way. My son falls asleep all the time in his car seat and then I move him to a firm surface.

my darling grandson

Bo 11/24/2015

I babysit my grandson every day. I love to watch him sleeping

Great article

Delilah 11/20/2015

Interesting read


Andrea 11/18/2015

I'm glad I got our baby girl back on schedule after her getting her four top teeth. Worst nights ever!

Not very helpful

jeneenicole 11/11/2015

These are merely safety tips, not tips for a better night's sleep.

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