SAFE SLEEP: Make sure you and your family know the rules of Safe Sleep

One of the most important rules to follow when you have a new baby is safe sleep. There are plenty of ways to make sure your baby sleeps safe. They are easy to follow and will help you and your baby sleep well at night!

 

Your baby should always sleep alone in a safe crib. It is important that he or she has a separate space to sleep safely. Keep your baby close by placing his or her crib in your room or a room nearby. It is safer to share a room than share a bed.

Your baby should always sleep on his or her back. When they sleep on their stomach they are at a higher risk of SIDS. Babies who sleep on their backs can breathe easier and are less likely to suffocate. Your baby can be on their stomach when they are awake and active. This is called tummy time. Tummy time helps your baby build his or her muscles. It will also strengthen their neck and back. Try practicing tummy time a few times a day to help your baby learn to support themselves and turn their head.

All your baby needs to sleep is a firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet. Bumper pads have not been shown to decrease the risk of SIDS and are not recommended . Use your decorating talents in the baby’s room, but not in the crib. Pillows, blankets and stuffed animals can be given to your baby when they’re awake. You do not want them to have these while sleeping. When your baby is sleeping it’s easy for them to suffocate on these items so leave them out of the crib.

It is important to avoid cigarette smoke when you’re pregnant and after your baby is born. Talk to your family about creating a smoke-free environment for wherever you and your baby spend time. Don’t be afraid to ask someone who smokes to not come near your baby. Secondhand smoke can be just as dangerous to their body.

Following the rules of safe sleep can help protect your baby from SIDS and other dangers. Be sure to share these rules with anyone who cares for your baby. For more tips and information about Safe Sleep and Infant Safety click here.