Practicing safe sleep is something everyone should be educated on. Just like we learn about car seat safety when getting little ones home, we should learn about sleep safety.
The American Academy of Pediatrics puts out guidelines for safe sleep as new evidenced based research is established. The guidelines help prevent/decrease the risk of some scary things that no parent wants to think of. Some of those things include asphyxiation, suffocation, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Although there is no found true cause of SIDS we do know some things that increase the risk. I’m going to list below some guidelines on safe sleep from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Below are some of the guidelines for safe sleep recommended by the AAP:
- Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
- Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.
- Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.
- Avoid baby's exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.
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