Tips to Ensure Safe Sleep for Your Baby
Making sure your baby is safe is always top of mind for parents; especially while sleeping. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following sleep safety guidelines to help you have peace of mind when putting your baby to sleep.
Safe Sleep Recommendations for your Infant:
Alone, on my Back, in a Crib
Always place baby to sleep on their back at nap-time and nighttime. Babies are at risk of suffocation when placed on their bellies.
Babies on their backs are always safest from risks associated with suffocation, so it’s the sleep position recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The “ABC – Alone, on my Back, in a Crib” embroidery on all our Snoozzzette wearable blankets and swaddles reminds caregivers to lay baby down to sleep on their back.
Use a new crib or bassinet
When choosing a crib or bassinet for baby, make sure it meets current safety standards and has a firm mattress. Do not use a crib that is more than 10 years old or that has been modified in any way. If you’re in need of a safe sleep crib check out our Cribette
Only use a Sheet
Cribs and bassinets should only have a tight-fitting sheet around the mattress—nothing else. See our fitted bassinet sheet available with customized messaging! Click Here
Eliminate everything in the crib
Cribs should not have any soft bedding, toys, bumpers, pillows, or positioners etc… as they can pose suffocation hazard for babies.
No Loose Blankets
To keep baby warm, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the use of a wearable blanket, such as the Korbex Snoozzzette wearable blanket. The Snoozzzette wearable blanket replaces loose blankets in the crib which can compromise baby’s breathing.
Room Share, Do Not Bed Share
Do not bed share as this can put a baby at risk of suffocation. The AAP has recommended keeping baby close during the early months to facilitate nighttime feeding and to enhance bonding. For safer sleep for baby, opt for close sleep—in the same room next to your bed—but do not co-sleep or bed-share which is the biggest threat to an infant up to four months of age. Remember, baby needs their own safe sleep space wherever they sleep! There are many options for keeping baby close and safe during the night, such as a bassinet, cradle or the Cribette which allows you to keep your baby as close to you as possible, but in their own safe sleep space.
Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface
Adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc are not safe for baby.
Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep
Keep the room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Babies should be dressed in layers to keep them at a comfortable temperature.
Never dress your baby too warm for sleep. A wearable blanket is recommended to use over pajamas so baby doesn’t overheat or risk suffocation from loose blankets. Hats are cute, but they shouldn’t be used for sleep after baby has left the hospital.
Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.