Sweet Dreams: Safe Sleep Tips

No matter where your put your baby to bed, it’s important that you make it a safe sleeping environment.  Here are a few guidelines to help make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep–safely.

Tips For Everyone:

  • Make sure the mattress is firm.
  • Place baby on his back to sleep.
  • Check to make sure there are no gaps, cords, loose fabric, etc. that baby could get stuck in. 
  • Make sure the sheet is fitted tightly and cannot be pulled loose.
  •  Avoid overheating baby. 

Tips For Cosleepers:

  • It’s best to place baby between mother and the wall or side rail.
  • Consider placing your mattress on the floor to eliminate the risk of falls.
  • Make sure your bed is big enough for everyone–the bigger the better.
  • Make sure your sleepwear that is safe for baby–no ribbons, strings, or excessively loose clothing. 
  • Do not wear perfumes or use strong-smelling soaps.
  • NEVER sleep with your baby if you are under the influence of drugs, alcohol, medications, or anything else that might impair your ability to be aware of your baby.
  • If you smoke, do not share a bed with baby.

One more thing:  Couches are NOT safe places for baby to sleep.


2 Responses to “Sweet Dreams: Safe Sleep Tips”

  1. 1 khaleeka October 16, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Love the list! The way we co-slept with our daughters was to place our two pillows as far apart as possible, then baby in between, but higher up in between the pillows. It eliminated the chances of rolling over them.

  2. 2 Ana Priscila October 16, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Great list! It’s always good to see these friendly reminders.

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