In honor of Child Protection Month, we are sharing a final guide to getting enough sleep by creating a safe sleeping area so that you have an idea of what you would like to have in order to make the right choice for your baby.
- Always put your baby back to sleep.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), infants should be placed on their backs for any sleep, including rest periods. It is important to follow the ABCs of good sleep for children: placing a child Aone, on them Back, in their Cribs (or other safe sleeping area). If your child is fast asleep, in a car seat, on a bicycle, and so on, he or she should be ready for bed. Remember, every sleep counts.
* Note: There are very few babies who can get other infections and may need to sleep on their stomachs. In these times of need, please write to your children’s children, as they will know what is best.
- Put your baby to sleep on a hard surface.
Courts, baskets, carrying containers and / or play yards are required to meet the latest safety standards. Make sure there are no sales memorabilia, and that there are no broken or missing pieces. Rail drop should not be used. Use a sturdy mattress that fits what you are using, and cover with a well-fitting paper towel. To learn more about cage security, please visit Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.
- Store loose items outside the bed.
Loose items such as stuffed animals, toys, loose blankets, blankets, pillows and bumpers increase risk of closure, suffocation, overheating or twisting. Although dolls covered with soft blankets can be cute to look at, just remember, when it comes to baby protection: Bare is the Best!
- Share your room, but not your bed.
Sharing a room (keeping your child’s sleeping area other than where you sleep in the same room) recommended by AAP as a way to reduce the risk of SIDS and other causes of insomnia in infants. It is recommended that you share one room until the child is 1 year old, but at least the first six months. Babies should not be placed on large mattresses to sleep. If you bring your baby to your bed to feed him, be sure to put him or her back in their sleeping area when you are done.
- Do not allow your child to overheat.
Keep a room temperature where your child sleeps well. Do not go beyond your child. The best rule to follow is to wear it one extra garment than an adult can wear it to be comfortable. Do not cover your child’s head. Use a sleeping bag or sleeping bag if you are worried that your baby is too cold. The Owlet Sack bag is a great way for a baby to sleep well. Made of durable rayon with long zipper, Sleep Our bag is ideal for your baby to feel comfortable, warm, and sleep well.
- Keep your child away from smokers and places where people smoke.
While this point may seem obvious, we found that this was an important reminder to those who lead us to sleep soundly, however. If you smoke, try to quit. As much as you can, keep your car and your home safe from smoking. Do not smoke anywhere near your child, even when you are outdoors, or show your child to people or places where there will be smoking.
- Breastfeeding, if possible.
While breastfeeding may not be an option for everyone, it has been shown to be effective reducing the risk of SIDS. This has been demonstrated in breastfed infants or a bottle fed breast milk for the first six months of life. Breastfeeding has many other benefits for babies and mothers too, which you can read about Pano.
- More time is needed!
Giving your child during pregnancy is a great way to spend time with your newborn and encourage you to check in with them. It also helps to strengthen the neck muscles and prevents flatness at the back of the head. Make sure you stay close to your child at all times and make sure they are awake.
We hope this book is dormant enough! If you have any questions or concerns, please ask your children. You can also check it out kanemayu about cage protection, developed by AAP and CPSC.
How do you ensure that your child sleeps well?