The entire family can experience peace of mind when the baby is asleep if you ensure that they are resting safely.
You worry about everything when you become a new parent. And when your child is asleep, that's when you start to worry the most.
We're going to provide you some advice on safe sleeping today and help you put some of your concerns to rest.
10 Proven Tips On How To Keep Your Baby Safe
Here are the best techniques for protecting your infant as they sleep.
1. Use a breathable mattress
Make sure your baby is sleeping on a mattress that is permeable and, if at all feasible, designed and built of natural materials. A baby won't settle well if the bedding is too hard or too soft.
A nice mattress is an investment, specifically for a cot bed where your child will spend several years sleeping.
Keep in mind every baby has a new mattress, or one that is in good condition and has only been used with a waterproof cover. Products that have degraded over time are dangerous, so make sure every baby has a new mattress.
2. Use baby clothing made of natural materials
Always choose natural fabrics, such as bamboo, when dressing your kid for bed so that they won't perspire and become overheated. Additionally, it guarantees that they will feel more at ease and that their skin won't be bothered.
3. Swaddle your baby
Swaddling is a tried-and-true technique that promotes deeper and more restful sleep in infants. It's also an excellent strategy to ensure that infants sleep on their backs all night long. Always use a thin, elastic, breathable material, and watch out for too-tight wrapping around the hips and legs.
Up until they are about 4 months old, babies still have their startle or "Moro" reflex. They make a developmental jump at this age and begin to have control over their hands and arms. Therefore, you can start to discontinue swaddling the baby once they are 4 months old.
4. Always choose breathable muslin comforter
A little muslin square knotted in the middle is a nice option for a comforter for your baby. It is significantly safer than the fleecy kind because it is breathable.
5. Firmly tuck your baby's blanket
If you do decide to cover them with a blanket, make sure it is always tightly tucked in and doesn't extend past their chest. Use natural, breathable materials as opposed to artificial ones.
6. Let your infant rest on their back at all times
Always place your infant on their back to sleep. Your baby should sleep in this position to stay safe. SIDS has fallen by 80% since the Back to Sleep campaign in the 1990s.
Your pediatrician may advise you to turn your infant gently to the left side if they have a medical problem like reflux to aid with symptoms, especially if they are very ill. Around 6-7 months old, your baby will start sleeping on their side or stomach.
As long as they can roll over, lift their head and shoulders off the mattress, and control their head well, this is safe.
7. Use a clear cot
A safe cot is one that is transparent. Don't hold your infant still with a sleep positioner. Additionally, there should be no cuddly toys in the cot; although they may be adorable, the risk is not worth it. Avoid using cot bumpers as well because they can lead to entanglement hazards.
8. Consider using a sleeping bag
Instead of using a blanket once your baby has been unwrapped, switch to a sleeping bag because they are considerably safer. Wriggly babies can be kept from moving about the cot too much by burying the bottom of the sleeping bag into the bottom of the cot.
9. Never allow your baby to sleep on a sofa
Never place your infant to sleep on a sofa or recliner, and avoid dozing off on one of these surfaces while holding your infant on your chest. Additionally, avoid sleeping with a comforter or pillow as this can lead to suffocation.
10. Share a room
As soon as your infant is six months old, make sure they share a room. You can try playing some calming music, such as waves, all night to avoid disturbing each other, which is usual after your infant is around 4 months old.
We want to help you keep your children safe while they sleep. We hope that this article offers some helpful advice, and please feel welcome to ask as many questions as you like if you need further guidance.