Baby Sleeping Safety Tips
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between one month and one year of age, with most SIDS deaths happening in babies 2 to 4 months old. While there isn’t a lot of information available surrounding SIDS, evidence suggests that the risk of SIDS can be significantly reduced. Follow these tips to help keep your little one sleeping safe and sound.
Avoid Stomach Sleeping
In order to effectively reduce the risk of SIDS, it is advised that babies be placed on their backs every time they are put down for sleep until they’ve reached the age of one. When babies sleep on their stomachs, they are at a higher risk of experiencing the following:
- Rebreathing in their exhaled breath, which leads to carbon dioxide buildup
- Upper airway obstruction
- Less reaction to noise
- Decreased blood pressure and heart rate
- Longer periods of deep sleep
- Less movement
Use a Firm Sleep Surface
When planning your baby’s sleep area, you may be tempted to make their crib as soft and comfortable as possible. However, it is recommended that you outfit your baby’s bed with a firm sleep surface like a mattress. This mattress should only have a fitted sheet, avoiding soft objects and blankets. This is because softer mattresses and materials like pillows and toys can increase an infant’s risk of rebreathing and suffocation.
Keep Your Baby Close, but Not Too Close
Studies have shown that having your little one sleep in your room, but on a separate sleeping surface, can reduce the risk of SIDS by up to 50%. It is recommended that you have your little one sleep in your room until their first birthday, or at least for the first 6 months,
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