Baby Sleep Tips

Posted June 5th, 2011 in After Pregnancy, Babies, Life, Motherhood, parenting by admin

1. BACK ONLY – Put the baby down on his/her back every time. When baby rolls over by themselves it is fine. However still start them on their back each time until they are 12 months old

2. BINKY – Put baby to sleep with a binky. This has been shown to reduce the SIDS rate. Start with one style of binky and use after every feed in the beginning weeks. Some get it quickly, others learn it with time.

3. SWADDLE – Use a swaddle blanket that has closures (Velcro) so hands pushed up cannot put blanket over their face.  At age 5-6 months or when they roll over start swaddling 1 arm out. A few weeks later swaddle body but leave both arms out.

4. SLEEP SACK – When finished with swaddling use a sleep sack, not blankets. Layer as needed for warmth with sleep sack the last item.

5. NO BLANKETS – No blankets or bumper pads in the crib. After their 1st birthday you may use one crib quilt with the bottom tucked under the edge of mattress so it cannot be pulled over the face.

6. NO STUFFED ANIMALS – At age 6 months you may add 1 small Taggie or lovie or small stuffed animal.

7. FAN – Use a fan in their room when sleeping (box fan toward the wall or a ceiling fan). This has found to reduce SIDS.

8. SWITCH POSITION – Each night switch which end their head is at. It helps develop their neck muscles as they look out the crib rails from both sides.

9. MOTION MONITOR – Motion SIDS Monitors provide great peace of mind. Monitors do NOT make it ok to put the baby on their stomach. Use monitor only with baby is on its back. It will not prevent SIDS, but alerts to issues. It can startle a baby with apnea to breathe at times according to reviews.

10. CRIB ONLY – In a safe approved crib or playpen only with tight fitting mattress. Do not put your child on a regular bed unsupervised. No regular fabric bumper pads. They are a suffocation hazard. Or use “breathable” bumper pads.

NOTE: If co-sleeping with your baby, be certain the baby is not near or under any blankets or pillows. Pull the mattress away from the wall, headboard and night stand for safety. And do not leave the baby sleeping in the bed when you get up. Never leave a baby unsupervized on your bed.

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