Ensuring a safe sleep for baby

Ensuring a Safe Night's Sleep 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, bumper pads, 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.
  • No smoking in your baby's room. In fact, smoking 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—all modern cribs have to meet federal safety guidelines. A few 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.
  • Drop-side cribs are not safe and should not be used. They're been banned in the United States since 2010.
  • The crib's bedposts should not be higher than 1/16 inch, to prevent your baby's clothing from catching on them.
  • Cribs with leaded paint (which is very common in cribs finished before 1972) should be stripped and repainted with sturdy enamel.

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

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