Monday, July 5, 2010

Safe Sleep for Baby

One thing hasn't changed from my "baby days" eight years ago ... the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It never hurts to be reminded ...

1. Always place baby on his back to sleep, for naps and at night.

2. Place baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet.

3. Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area. This includes: pillows, blankets, quilts, pillow-like crib bumpers and sheepskins.

4. Do not allow smoking around your baby.

5. Keep your baby's sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep.

6. Think about using a clean, dry, pacifier when placing the infant down to sleep, but don't force baby to take it.

7. Do not let your baby overheat during sleep. Dress him in light clothing and keep the room at a comfortable temperature.

8. Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS because most have not been tested for effectiveness or safety.

9. Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.

10. Reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on your baby's head by providing a lot of "tummy time" when baby is awake and someone is supervising. Also avoid too much time in car seats, carriers and bouncers.

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