6 tips to help your baby sleep safely
Finding a proper and safe sleep environment for your baby could sometimes be a challenge. Below are some tips to help you take simple and effective steps to ensure a safe and secure sleep for your baby and minimize the risk of harm when the baby sleeps.
1) Lay your baby on his back
Your baby should always be placed on his back to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Because most babies can not fully lift their heads, this ensures that their airways are not blocked.
Once your baby is able to ride (about 4-6 months), continue lying down on his back, but let him find his own sleeping position.
2) Make sure it is impossible for the baby’s head or face to be covered during sleep
Put your baby in bed, so that his feet are near the bottom end. Put him in the sheets safely so that they can not cover their heads. You could use a safe baby sleeping bag instead of blankets. Sleeping bags with a tuned collar and end caps and no hoods are the safest
3) Use a bed that meets the standards (a good firm mattress and a sheet)
Only beds that are well maintained and built to strict safety standards are good enough for your baby. Beds that meet the standard will have a clear label – AS / NZS 2172: 2003 for beds and AS / NZS 2195: 1999 for portable beds. If you receive a cot or buy a second hand, check that it meets current safety standards.
The safest place for your baby to sleep is on a firm mattress. Your baby should not sleep on soft surfaces to avoid the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other causes of death due to sleep.
The only thing in your baby’s bed should be a suitable bed sheet. Never place blankets, pillows, toys or bumpers in your baby’s sleeping area.
4) Share a room but leave the baby out of your bed
Make sure that for the first 6 to 12 months, you and your baby share a room so you can check periodically to make sure your baby sleeps safely.
Although it is tempting to cuddle with your little one, it is dangerous to do so for many reasons. For example, if you fall asleep too, you can roll over your baby or the blankets could go over his face. In any case, provide him with his rest area.
5) Dress your baby in a one-piece garment
Your little baby should wear one-piece sleepwear (jumpsuit) and can be wrapped in a pot for warmth and comfort. When using a warm liner, make sure it is well below the neck so as not to cover the baby’s face.
6) Keep checking the ambient temperature
An overheated baby does not sleep well. Even though you may think he is tiny and needs to be a bit warmer, that’s not the case.
Keep the thermostat at a temperature that you will find comfortable for the room.