It's very understandable to be a little anxious about leaving your baby to sleep alone, especially in the beginning.
Of course, it's not all about products when it comes to a baby's safe sleeping. The items in baby's crib are definitely part of it, but it's important to first understand the risks.
SIDS Risks and Questions
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the sudden death of an infant - most often in the crib - who is less than one year old that goes unexplained after a medical investigation. Although these deaths allegedly occur without identifiable causes, scientists have found numerous ways to reduce the number of deaths attributed to SIDS, which in turn has provided clues as to why it happens.
Loose Blankets - Loose blankets have been known to cause infant death by means of suffocation, and the easiest way to prevent that from happening is to remove all loose blankets from the crib. If you do that, though, how do you keep baby warm? And, aren't blankets a common feature of cribs?
Prone Sleeping - Scientists have also identified prone sleeping (sleeping on the stomach) as a cause of infant death. Babies can sometimes suffocate on their stomachs if they don't have the arm and neck strength to reposition their heads when lying face down. But, don't a lot of babies sleep on their stomachs? And, how do you keep them from rolling over?
Fluffy Beds / Stuffed Toys - Similar to the problem of loose blankets, beds that are too fluffy and stuffed toys can also present a suffocation risk. So, what can be in the crib with baby?
Swaddling blankets and sleep sacks are a safe and effective way to address all of the above risks that are associated with SIDS. Swaddling can help prevent babies from rolling over onto their stomachs by reducing their range of motion, eliminate the need for loose blankets by keeping them warm, and make them more comfortable on a safety-approved firm mattress.
In addition to seeing that these safety tips are met, you will also want to:
- • Remove all fluffy bedding, toys and other items to leave the crib empty save for the baby and his or her wearable blanket
- • Never allow baby to sleep on any soft surface
- • Breastfeed if possible and use a pacifier during naptime and bedtime if baby accepts it
- • Keep babies between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit
- • Don't smoke around your baby or take your baby into spaces where someone has smoked
Follow these tips and consider using swaddling blankets to give yourself more peace of mind when it comes to bedtime for baby.