Things to know about putting your baby to sleep safely and preventing SIDS. The risk factors include having items in the baby’s crib, the baby’s sleeping position, or the baby having underlying physical issues.
Back Sleeping is the Safest
To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, the safest sleep position for babies is ALWAYS on their backs.
Tips to Help Reduce the Risk of SIDS:
- No Bumpers
Prevent suffocation risk by not usinga bumper in cribs
- No Smoking
Second hand smokes increases the risk of SIDS for babies
- Firm Mattress
Make sure the crib mattress is firm
- Stomach Sleeping
Always put baby to sleep on their back
- Don’t over heat baby
Keep room temperature between 68°-72° and don’t over dress baby
- Nothing in the crib
Keep plush toys and blankets out of the crib.
- Fitted Sheets
Make sure sheets are tightly fitted to the mattress, not be loose
Make sure your baby is up-to-date with vaccines
It has been found that breastfeeding your baby can lower the risk
- Sleeping in the same room
Sleeping in the same room as the parents–not co-sleep
- Use a Pacifier
Putting baby to sleep with a pacifier reduces the risk of SIDS