As a parent, you want the safest and most comfortable place for your new baby to sleep, and creating that place isn’t hard if you know which dangers to avoid. While creating your baby’s sleeping zone, here are a few things you should...Learn More
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As a parent, you want the safest and most comfortable place for your new baby to sleep, and creating that place isn’t hard if you know which dangers to avoid. While creating your baby’s sleeping zone, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
Separate Sleep Surfaces
According to SIDS and Kids, the safest place for a newborn to sleep is in a cot with a firm mattress next to his or her parents’ beds. Babies should sleep in this cot for the first six to 12 months of their lives. By being in a bassinet in the same room as the parents, it allows the parents to easily respond if the baby needs anything, but it keeps the baby safe from the dangers of sharing a sleep surface with adults.
Back to Sleep
Australia was one of the first countries in the world to jump aboard the Back to Sleep or Safe to Sleep campaign. Since 1991, this campaign has urged parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs rather than their sides or tummies from infancy. The position reduces incidences of SIDS, and it has cut the SIDS rate in half.
When getting a child ready to sleep for the night, parents should dress the child in warm pajamas that are approved to be used as sleepwear – there are different flammability requirements for sleeping clothes than day clothes, which is why it’s important to dress your baby in an outfit that is actually approved for sleeping. Warm pajamas are safer than puffy blankets or duvets that can suffocate a child. Parents should also avoid pajamas that have lots of ribbons or possible strangulation hazards on them.
In addition to avoiding puffy blankets, parents should avoid pillows or lots of cuddly toys in the crib. These too can be a hazard. Anything that adds extra heat to the bed like a hot water bottle or an electric heating blanket should also be avoided.
All bassinet mattresses, like from Baby Barn Discounts, that are sold have to adhere to certain safety standards, but if you want to give your baby an extra layer of safety, consider getting an organic mattress. Made from organic wool, cotton or other materials, organic mattresses keep babies away from toxins. Alternatively, parents who are worried about allergens can also get a mite or dust cover for their babies’ mattresses.
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