While new parents might not feel like their little ones sleep a lot, babies spend a considerable amount of time sleeping. With an estimate of 3,000 hours spent sleeping from the time they are born up until they are about six months old, sleep safety for newborns is critical.
What is Sleep Safety?
Sleep safety, in a nutshell, involves putting in place all the necessary measures to ensure that your young one stays protected while sleeping.
To make sure that you observe sleep security measures you should look at the place where your newborn sleep, the sleep items they have with them and the clothes they wear to sleep.
How your Baby Sleeps
Sleep safety stays with where your little one sleeps.
Keep stuffed toys and blankets away from your infant’s bassinet. These items are known to pose a suffocation risk during the first four months.
Once your baby outgrows their bassinet move them to a crib or cot. Get a safe baby bed or crib that meets current safety standards to protect your tot adequately. There should be a 2 3/8 inches space between the slats as per recommended crib safety standards.
The mattress should fit in the crib snugly leaving little or no space between the mattress and edges of the crib.
Initially, it is best not to have a blanket in your baby’s bed and simply out them to sleep swaddled up in their baby shawl. Make sure that the bedding is allergy safe and not made of fabrics that have parts that might come off loose posing hazards to your fragile little one.
If you cover your baby’s crib or cot with a mosquito net; be mindful of mosquito net fabrics, because some might actually turn up the heat. Remember that your newborn still can’t regulate their own body temperature well and get hot/cold very quickly. Make sure to get mosquito nets specifically designed for baby cots.
Another aspect of how your child sleeps is their sleeping position. Have your child sleep on their back and keep checking on them if they sleep longer for 3 hours to make sure everything is fine.
There are sleep aids that you can get to enhance your baby’s safety while they are sleeping.
One of the sleep aids that you should get is a baby monitor. It is next to impossible to stay by your child’s side and watch them sleeping to make sure that they are fine. A baby monitor can help you go about your daily chores while still keeping a watchful eye on your little tot.
Once you move your child to a baby cot or crib, you can get a vibrant mobile to go with it, but make sure to fix it safely to avoid accidental drops. Mobiles offer your little one entertainment, and if it plays some soothing music, it can also lull them to sleep.
Mobiles should also be removed from the crib once your little one starts sitting up in their crib and can reach them.
What your Baby Wears to Bed
The clothes your child wears to bed is equally important in ensuring that they are well protected. Get soft, comfortable and with
Get soft, comfortable clothes with temperature regulating capabilities. Also, make sure that the clothes you get for your young one are non-irritant and allergy-free.
Don’t dress your newborn up in oversized clothes that might come off and pose risks while they are sleeping. Get fitting clothes for your little one.
Overall, with these sleep safety tips you and rest assured that your tot is protected as they sleep. Keep reviewing safety standards often and correct what isn’t working