Tips for safe sleeping for your baby
As a first-time Mum, once your baby is born, it’s only natural you will worry about your baby sleeping safely amongst other things.
While you will most likely worry about their sleeping habits for a long time, there are steps you can take to minimise any risk of sleeping accidents taking place. I’ve listed some important things to consider for your baby’s sleep time below and these are all part of the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) guidelines.
- For the first whole year, your baby should be sleeping on their back. This position is the safest as babies’ airways are built for it. Babies that sleep on their side or tummy are much more likely to be involved in sleeping accidents. As soon as your baby is old enough to move and roll, still put them to sleep on their back but let them find their most preferred position themselves.
- A firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet are the first steps to a safe bed. The firm mattress should not indent when your baby is on it and there shouldn’t be any gaps between the mattress and sides of the cot where your baby could get caught.
- Only use cots approved by Australian safety standards. These cots will always have a clear label. The ones that don’t meet the standards come with risks such as lead paint and gaps where your baby could get stuck or one day climb over.
- Make sure there are no blankets or toys in your baby’s sleeping area. Any loose items such as pillows and cot bumper pads could cause blockage of air flow or risk trapping your baby in an unsafe position.
- Sleep in the same room. Room sharing is handy for so many reasons! It’s recommended you place their cot or crib close to your bed and that they sleep in your room for up to a year. This not only makes it easier for you to keep an eye on sleeping bub, it also makes it easier to feed them and comfort them.
- Avoid couches, sofa beds and armchairs. Anywhere your baby could get wedged between mattresses or stuck between pillows is an extremely dangerous place for them to sleep.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking around babies not only harms them directly but it also increases the risk of fatal sleeping accidents and SIDS. Keep baby smoke free before and after birth.
Safe sleeping tips for your baby
It’s only natural to worry about your baby when they sleep and to check in on them while they do so. By following these simple steps, you know you have removed some potential dangers and are providing a safer spot for your baby to sleep. As always, I suggest you talk to your doctor if you have any questions regarding these tips or if you and your baby are experiencing sleep problems.