Keeping your baby cozy can help him/her sleep longer and more soundly but you have to be careful on how cozy you get. This article discusses swaddling, co-sleeping, SIDS, and what things are unsafe to keep in your baby’s sleeping area.
Keep Your Baby Cozy
- Make sure they are dressed warmly but not too hot – dress them in the same amount of layers as you dress yourself and possibly one additional layer if you think it’s needed.
- Swaddle them – this makes your baby quite cozy because they are wrapped snugly. It will mimic the snugness they felt in the womb and help calm them. Not all babies like to be swaddled but most do. If you think your baby does not, please read more about swaddling to make sure you’re doing it correctly. Also, keep in mind that swaddling is adding another layer to the baby so pick the swaddle fabric based on the time of year.
Considering Co sleeping?
- Room sharing does not necessarily mean bed sharing. There are actually several safe options to keep your baby in the same room as you, but not the same bed, until you’re ready to move them into their own room and crib.
- Click here to see the pros and cons of each sleeping option including one that has an incline for babies that have a hard time lying flat due to reflux.
Are you concerned about SIDS?
Here’s Info on How to Put Your Baby to Sleep Safely
I’m sure you’ve heard of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by now and the best way to reduce that risk is to have your baby sleep on their back. If they are able to roll around in their crib or bassinet it is possible for them to wind up on their stomach and that’s okay, but you at least want to start out by having them on their backs.
As your baby gets older, their neck with strengthen and they will be able to move their head to avoid suffocation so the risk decreases as they age.
I know my mother used to put me to sleep on my stomach or side and in general did a lot of things differently than what is recommended today. .. and look at me, I’m still alive!
But seriously, since the experts have researched sleeping patterns and have determined that sleeping on the back reduces the SIDS rate, then I’m listening and you should too! For more information on SIDS, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page.
What is safe/unsafe in the crib or sleeper
- Until your baby turns 1, it is not recommended to have blankets, bumpers or pillows in the crib or sleeper. You do not want anything that could cause suffocation.
- It is also not recommended to have stuffed animals. I gave my daughter her stuffed animals (which were fairly small) when she was 6 months old since the danger of SIDS is reduced and she could move her head, neck, and body if it got near her nose and affected her breathing.
- Make sure the sheets are the right size for the mattress and that they are on snugly. Also, only use a fitted sheet or mattress pad… not a top sheet. Again, you don’t want a sheet to get loose for the baby to get tangled up in.
- Pay attention to what is in the baby’s sleeping area, but also what’s outside of it that may be within their reach. They should not be able to grab anything… especially cords to window blinds or electrical cords. If the crib or sleeper is near an outlet, it is best to just cover them with outlet covers rather than use them.
- Pacifiers are great to use. They are known to reduce the risk of SIDS and to relax your baby, but do not include the pacifier clip that attaches to clothing while sleeping.
If you have any questions regarding my post or having anything you’d like to share I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to read my page and for trying to keep your baby as safe as possible while sleeping. Together we can help reduce the SIDS statistics.