We all want our babies as safe as possible. Creating a safe sleep environment is an important step to take, one that can easily be overlooked. Here are some tips on how to keep our little ones safe while they get that precious rest.
Put your baby on his/her back on a firm, flat surface
Use a crib mattress covered with a tightly fitted sheet. Use only the mattress made for your baby’s crib to make sure it’s the right size. It should fit snug into the crib with no space between the mattress and crib frame.
Put your baby in his/her own bassinet or crib
You can keep your baby’s crib in your room and near your bed to be close, but it is not recommended to bed-share/co-sleep.
Make sure your baby’s crib or bassinet is up to safety standards
As we learn more about what is safe and what is not, older cribs and bassinets become outdated and are no longer recommended for use. Always research before you use something, especially if it’s a hand-me-down
Don’t put your baby to bed with any blankets, stuffed animals or attach bumper pads to their crib
As cute as they look, not only are they unsafe but they are also not necessary. Sleep sacks are a safe alternative to keeping your little one warmer if needed and it doesn’t add any loose objects in their crib. They don’t need little stuffed animals, they’re in the bed to sleep.
Blankets are not recommended until at least 12 months of age, older if your child has any medical conditions.
Tucking blankets into the side of the crib is not safe either. It may keep them from getting tangled up in it, but they can easily wiggle down and get stuck.
There are many more things you can do to keep your child’s sleep environment safe. I recommend researching this topic to become aware of the dangers and best practices.
Also, please do not think I did this and my child survived, so it’s okay. That is called survivors bias.