6 Recommendations for Safe Infant Sleeping

May 22, 2017

6 Recommendations for Safe Infant Sleeping

For new parents, learning to care for their precious newborns can seem like a daunting task, particularly when it comes to sleeping. Parents are not only trying to develop a good routine for baby’s awake and asleep times, but they are also figuring out what helps their baby fall asleep and most importantly, how to keep them safe and reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

The American Academy of Pediatrics published in 2016 updated recommendations for a safe sleeping environment, which are aimed at reducing the risk of sleep related infant deaths. Here’s a summary of some of those guidelines:

  • Back to sleep for every sleep. Infants should be placed for sleep in a supine position (on their backs) for every sleep until the child reaches 1 year of age.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a crib, covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft objects.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended, as it is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
  • Having baby sleep in the parent’s room, close to the parent’s bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants. This practice decreases the risk of SIDS by 50%
  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation. Bumper pads are not recommended.
  • Avoid overheating and head covering in infants. Overbundling and covering of the face and head should be avoided.

Hopefully this information will be useful for parents during their nursery planning process in order to ensure a safe sleeping environment for their new baby.

The full report is available from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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