Safety is very important at every stage of the baby’s life and the little one is at extra risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in the newborn phase. Although babies are at risk until they are 1 year old, it is known that most of the cases happen between the age of 0-4 months. SIDS cases happen usually when babies are sleeping, that's why we want to take your special attention.
Don't worry, our aim is not to panic you :) On the contrary, we want to bring this topic to your attention, to avoid potential risks by sharing life-saving tips.
Although the reasons for SIDS are not proven, statistics show that paying attention to the common mistakes parents are doing decreases the risk significantly. Please pay attention to these topics:
Put the baby on her/his back all the time when she/he is sleeping, back is the safest position. What you can do is to put your little one on her/his tummy as much as possible, when she/he is awake and when you're there to help. This will help the baby improve trunk stability, limb coordination, and head control, as a result, will help decrease the SIDS risk. Limit it to 1-2 minutes, 2-3 times a day, please.
As a side note, when the baby is on her/his back, try to put the baby’s head slightly in different positions, otherwise, she/he may have a flat head.
Not only for sleep quality, but room temperature is also very important for safety reasons. Set the temperature to 19°-20°C | 66°-70°F.
You can turn down the heater, open window or use light blankets and clothes. Try to choose 100% cotton fabric. To make sure the baby is not cold or too warm, check her/his chest, back, arms and legs with your hand.
- If they feel warm, I am in the right clothes.
- If they feel cold, I am cold, put some extra blankets on my or additional layer of pyjamas.
- If they are sweaty or too hot, I am at the risk of overheating, take off my blanket or change my clothes with thinner oner.
My sleeping place is very important for my safety. Pay attention to where you put me to sleep.
- Provide a baby-safe crib, not an old or used one.
- Don't put any decorations in my crib. You are right, they are extremely cute, but safety comes first. Thus, please remove all these ribbons, strings, bow, or even stuffed animals.
- Don’t let the baby sleep on a soft surface.
- Don't choose any crib with sharp edges or corners for decoration.
- Replace any missing or broken part immediately.
- The mattress should be tight, which I shouldn't pull easily.
- There should be no space between the mattress and the headboard.
- Please make sure that you are close enough to me so that you can hear when I ask for you.
Co-sleeping is totally ok, as long as you ensure the baby’s safety. Don't sleep with your baby if you have difficulties with waking up (being too tired, sleep deprived, have been drinking alcohol, etc.) Pay extreme attention to safety details if we are co-sleeping.
If you are co-sleeping, make sure the baby has his/her own space while sleeping so that neither mom or dad can roll on the baby. Sidecar arrangement is the best! There shouldn't be any space between the crib and the parents’ bed. If you can't arrange a sidecar, make sure that the bed is big enough for all of you who sleep on it.