Sleep is one of the most critical challenges you’ll face if you have a new kid or are expecting one soon. Babies sleep a lot of the time, but not necessarily when you want them to. That’s why it can get very tiring for parents. In this article, you will learn about the ABCs of putting babies safely to sleep that are simple and easy to learn and use.
Every child is different, and feedings, diaper changes, and comfort needs can come at any moment. So, take advantage of those peaceful moments when your baby is napping. Rest when you can, and make sure your baby has enough room to breathe so that he or she can sleep well at night and during naps.
A: Babies should sleep alone at night.
Babies should sleep alone in a crib, preferably in the same room as you, with no bumper pads, blankets, pillows, or toys. Not your bed, but your room.
B: On their back
It is recommended that infants sleep on their backs rather than their stomachs or sides.
C: Cooling in a Crib
A firm mattress and a fitted bottom sheet in a crib are a safe combination. Keep the room chilly, and your baby dressed lightly, without a hat.
S: In Smoke-Free Surroundings
Secondhand smoke is harmful to everyone, including babies.
Everyone enjoys more peaceful zzzs when you put your infant to bed with the ABCs.
Babies’ Risks While Sleeping
You might be wondering why there is such a fuss about safe sleep practices for babies. Baby has been sleeping in cribs for decades. What has changed is that we now know much more about safe sleep and crib safety for the first year of a baby’s life. We’ll get to that later in this post, but first, let’s go over the present risks of sleep-related infant death.
Many factors can raise the risk of sleep-related infant mortality. Here is a handful of the most important:
- Mom utilizes drugs or alcohol prior to, during, or after pregnancy.
- Parents and their infants share a bed.
- The baby sleeps on his or her stomach rather than his or her back.
- In the sleeping area, the baby sleeps with soft bedding, blankets, or plush animals.
- The baby is sleeping in a potentially hazardous environment, such as an adult bed or sofa, where he could become stuck between the mattress and the wall or between the pillows and cushions.
- Strangulation threats such as window blind cords and mobiles are close to the baby’s cot.
- A baby older than a newborn (birth to 8 weeks) is swaddled for sleep.
- The temperature in the baby’s sleeping area is warm.
- For sleeping, the baby is overdressed.
Parents who are informed can lower their baby’s chance of dying suddenly in their sleep by following the ABCs of safe sleep until their baby’s first birthday. It’s also critical to take your baby to the doctor frequently.
Every year in the United States, around 3,600 babies die abruptly and unexpectedly in their sleep. We can assist in changing that by implementing safe infant sleep practices.
Creating Baby Sleep Routines
Everyone requires relaxation time, which is provided by sleep. Create regular routines for your baby that begin with habits like this to help with the transition to naptime and bedtime:
- Speak gently and turn down the lights.
- Sing a lullaby or listen to calm music.
- Read a bedtime tale to your child.
- Provide your baby with a pacifier.
- You should rock your infant to sleep.
- For sleeping, place your infant alone on his back on a sturdy surface.
Safe Sleep Reminders Every Nap and Every Night
These ABCs of safe sleep for babies are simple to learn and use. Babies should sleep alone in a crib on their backs in a cool, smoke-free environment.
Room sharing with your infant – but never bed-sharing – is advised for the first six months and up to 1 year.
Use your ABCs, as well as the following reminders:
- Never snooze or sleep your infant on chairs, couches, waterbeds, cushions, or blow-up mattresses.
- Never sleep on the same sleep surface as your infant.
- Rethink family customs that do not accord with appropriate infant sleep habits.
- As soon as possible, transfer newborns who fall asleep in vehicle safety seats, swings, strollers, infant carriers, and infant slings to a stable, safe sleep surface.
You can help keep your infant safe while sleeping by following these suggestions and getting a good night’s sleep.
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