Good sleeping habits are essential for every baby’s emotional and physical wellbeing. A vital part of creating a healthy sleeping environment for your infant is the sleep environment-this includes the type of mattress, the kind of bed or crib, and where your baby sleeps. Establishing a healthy sleep environment for your baby will reduce the risk of sudden death syndrome, which is common among babies below the age of one year. This article covers some of the ways you can establish a safe sleeping environment for your infant.
Parents should put their infants to sleep on their backs.
Healthcare professionals recommend that parents put their infants to sleep on their back on a mattress and a room that meets the health and safety standards starting from birth. Parents should do this every time their babies are sleeping, be it at night or during the day. This is a culture that parents should adhere to throughout their babies’ first year.
Parents should place their babies’ cribs in their bedrooms.
Parents should put their babies’ cribs in their bedrooms for the first 180 days. This will allow you to check on the baby when he or she wakes up late in the night. If the bedroom cannot accommodate your baby’s crib, you can use a bassinet or a cradle that meets the health and safety standards.
Parents shouldn’t use rolled-up blankets.
You should ensure you don’t use rolled-up blankets or support your baby with any other form of support at his or her back. These forms of support may suffocate the baby.
Parents shouldn’t place their babies to sleep on cushions, a waterbed, an armchair, or a sofa.
Babies can easily turn over their stomachs or sides when put on such surfaces. If your baby turns over these surfaces, they may not access adequate air to breathe and may result in suffocation.
Parents should ensure there are no stuffed items, such as pillows and animals, in their infants’ cribs.
Having these stuffed items on a crib may suffocate your baby
Parents shouldn’t use thick covers or comforters on their babies’ cribs
Thick covers and comforters may cover your baby when they’re asleep. You should consider dressing your infant in a sleeper rather than using these items.
Parents should ensure their babies aren’t too warm
You should make sure that there is a stable temperature in the room.
Parents should ensure their babies are sleeping in a smoke-free cigarette environment.
If your baby is exposed to smoke, either after birth or before birth, he or she has a high risk of SIDS.
A safe sleeping environment is essential for all babies. Putting your infant to sleep on his or her back, their crib in your bedroom, and avoiding rolled-up blankets and items such as comforters, cushions, and stuffed pillows are essential. Adhering to these steps will help create a secure and safe sleep environment for your baby.