Ensuring a Safe Sleep for Your Baby

Ensuring a Safe Sleep for Your Baby

You want to keep your little sleeper safe, and the best way to do that is with the back sleeping position. Learn all the ways to promote safe sleeping for your baby.

All parents want to make sure their baby is sleeping safely. Fortunately, there are various things you can do to keep your baby safe when she’s snoozing.

Back to Sleep

Always put your baby to sleep on her back, to protect against the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Just don't be surprised if your older baby doesn't stay on her back. After 6 months, your baby is likely to roll around at night, and she's also much better at getting her head free of the bed to breathe well.

Follow these guidelines to continue promoting safe sleeping:

  • Keep fluffy bedding, blankets, pillows, and all stuffed animals and toys out of your baby's crib.
  • Keep breastfeeding if you can.
  • Control the temperature around your baby. Dress her lightly and keep the room cool and comfortable.
  • Smoking in your baby's room is big no -- in fact, it should never happen anywhere near her.
  • Be sure your baby's mattress is clean and firm and fits the bed tightly.
  • The bedding should fit the mattress closely, too.

Crib Notes

Are you sure your baby's crib is safe?

If you bought it new, you don't have to worry ¾ all modern cribs have to meet federal safety guidelines. Two facts to keep in mind:

  • Cribs made before 1985 may have slats that are too far apart (more than 2 and 3/8 inches) and could trap your baby's head.
  • Cribs with leaded paint (which is very common in cribs finished before 1972) should be stripped and repainted with a sturdy enamel.

Keeping your child safe when she’s asleep is crucial to your child’s wellbeing and your own peace of mind.

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My babies have all coslept and then moved to cribs once they turned 2 years.

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