Below are the AAP recommendations when it comes to safe sleep for your infant and babies;
1. Always place a baby on its back to sleep & use a firm sleep surface – car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
2. The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
3. Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
4. Wedges and positioners should not be used.
5. Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
6. Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth – period.
7. Breastfeeding is recommended.
8. Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
9. Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
10. Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
11. Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
When you are making decisions about your child's sleep environment ask yourself, is this safe sleep?
When you are making purchases for your infant that are going to be part of their sleep environment ask yourself – are these supportive of safe sleep? There are an awful lot of products on the market that promote better sleep for your little (and for you) however when you examine them with the AAP guidelines in mind many of them to do fit with safe sleep. As a result, I would question purchases that will form part of your little ones sleep environment and ensure you are creating one that is as safe as possible for your baby.
Erica Hargaden is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Mum of 3. She runs Babogue Sleep Solutions to help parents who are struggling with their children's sleep and bring The Gift of Sleep to their lives. You can find out more on www.babogue.ie, @babogue_sleep, email email@example.com or call +353 86 8260887.