One of the first things we go over with the parents we work with is ‘baby sleep safety’. We would like to share with you some simple safety tips to have in mind when putting your baby to sleep for nights and naps. Many of them have been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS**.
* Put your baby to sleep on his back
* Keep your baby’s face clear of coverings
* Do not leave loose bedding, pillows, or stuffed toys in the crib
* Do not over-clothe your baby, avoid overheating
* Do not fall asleep with your baby in your arms
* Use a safety-certified crib (JPMA certified)
* Have a firm crib mattress
* Don’t let your baby fall asleep on the sofa, or untied on a swing/ bouncy seat
* Maintain an appropriate temperature on your baby’s room (68 – 72 F)
* Improve the ventilation in your baby’s room
* Avoid exposing your baby to tobacco smoke
* Offer your baby a pacifier (under 12 months old)
* Don’t let your baby to cry-it-out
Educate babysitters, day-care providers, grandparents, and everyone who cares for your baby about SIDS risk and the importance of observing the advice offered here.
** SIDS: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected, sudden death of a child under age 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death. There are no symptoms. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can help reduce your infant’s risk.