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Shhhhhh.... Sleeping Baby

One of the things that parents have questions on once the baby goes home is about sleep. I remind them that everything your baby learns will be from them. Sleep is no different. Babies will learn to sleep as they get older, learn the routine and follow your lead. But, what are the safety needs for babies while sleeping?

Stats and info

U.S. Statistics tell us that over 3,500 babies die due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation. Different techniques and methods have been studied in an effort to reduce the death rate in infants.

What can you do to keep your baby safe ?

* Babies under 1 years old should ALWAYS sleep on their backs.

* Babies should only sleep on a firm surface. Not in a car seat, stroller, swing, infant carrier, or sling. Always move your baby to a crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard that meets the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

* Do not share a bed with your baby. Your baby should have his/her own sleep area. Only bring your baby to your bed to feed or comfort.

* You should keep your baby’s sleep area in the same room as your sleep area. The AAP recommends room sharing because it can decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50% and is much safer than bed sharing.

* Keep your baby’s sleep area clear of things that can cause suffocation. Such as: soft objects, toys, bumper pads, loose bedding, pillows, quilts, comforters, and blankets. Use a

wearable blanket instead.

* Keep your car and home smoke-free. Do not smoke, use any drugs, or drink alcohol during or after your pregnancy. If you do smoke, do not smoke around your baby, even if you are outside.

*Breastfeed or feed your baby expressed breast milk.

*Schedule and take your baby to all well-child visits.

*Practice tummy time with your baby while he or she is awake every day.

* Never let your baby fall asleep on a nursing pillow or pillow-like lounging pad.

* Never place your baby to sleep on a couch, sofa, or armchair. Always move him/her to a firm surface when they are sleeping.

* If you are swaddling your baby, make sure that he/she is on his or her back. The swaddle should not be too tight or hard for your baby to breathe or move his or her hips.

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