7 Steps for Safe Sleep for Baby

7 Steps for Safe Sleep for Baby

July 30, 2018

7 Steps for Safe Sleep for Baby

7 Steps for Safe Sleep for Baby
7 Steps for Safe Sleep for Baby

Talk to any expectant or new parent about their biggest baby concerns, and sleep is bound to come up.

It’s so complicated. Newborns sleep a lot, but not necessarily when—or how—you want them to. And then there’s the concern of their well-being. How many times a night do you check to make sure they’re OK? Both of these together can lead to a lot of sleepless nights for you.

How can you create a safe sleeping space for your baby so that both of you can get the best rest possible? Here are some tips.

A baby monitor can give you peace of mind Many parents find using baby monitors reassuring. Video and audio monitors let you keep an eye or ear on baby while you’re in the kitchen or living room. And then there’s the Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor, which is designed to track your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. The Smart Sock sends the info to a base station and smartphone app, both of which will notify you if levels fall out of a preset range. And you can view real-time wellness data, including sleep stats, through the Owlet app on your phone, so you can see trends in how baby is sleeping.

Share your room with baby The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room sharing with baby for at least the first six months—and ideally the first year—as room sharing can decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by as much as 50 percent. Put baby in a crib or bassinet next to your bed. This helps keep baby safer and makes those middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes easier.

Keep the sleep space bare You’ve spent lots of time creating the sweetest sleep spot for baby, collecting adorable stuffed animals and cute bedding sets. But put those stuffies on a shelf and keep the crib bumpers, blankets and pillows out of the crib. Babies have their safest sleep in an empty crib or bassinet.

Use a firm sleep surface In addition to keeping your baby’s sleep space bare, be sure they sleep on a firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet. The mattress should fit snugly in your crib or bassinet, with no spaces between the two.

Back is best Adults might love sleeping on their sides or stomachs, but for your baby, the safest sleep position is on their back, both at nap time and bedtime.

Pacifiers can help Some babies love a binky; others can’t be bothered. But pacifiers can help babies sleep better—and more safely. If you’re breastfeeding, wait until breastfeeding has been established (usually about a month). Then try offering a pacifier to your baby when you put them down to sleep for the night. But don’t force it if your kiddo turns up their nose at it. And if the pacifier falls out of baby’s mouth at night, just leave it be.

Keep things cool We all want our children to be cozy at night, but resist the urge to bundle them up and overheat them. Keep the room temperature between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, and don’t overdress baby. If your baby is sweating or breathing rapidly, they may be too warm.

Even with taking these steps and using a baby monitor like the Owlet Smart Sock, you’ll probably still check on baby often. But hopefully, you’ll do it because you want to and less because you’re worried. There’s something about seeing your baby’s heart rate and oxygen that can give some extra peace of mind.

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