One thing you should understand is that sleeping arrangements matter for your baby. Your baby would be mostly in a newborn sleep state.
A few factors need to be taken into consideration. You need your little one to sleep soundly and safely.
Safe practices when it comes to sleeping arrangement can help protect your infant from the danger of sleep-related hazard and sudden infant death syndrome.
Thus, it is important for you to familiarise yourself with safe sleep guidelines provided by experts.
Well, it’s not that complicated but it’s not a walk in a park either.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help. This article will enlighten you on the subject matter.
Where should your newborn sleep?
You probably have a few questions regarding newborn sleep. Some of questions which need to be answered are as follow:
- Is it safe for my baby to sleep in the crib?
- What is the safest position for your baby to sleep?
- Can you put some pillows in the crib with your baby? Can they have their own blanket?
- Can I sleep with my baby in my bed?
If you have these questions, navigate through this article. These information are taken from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).
Preferably share a room but not the bed
Even if you are excited about the notion of letting your baby sleep in their own room, keeping them in yours for the first six months can lower the risk of SIDS by up to 50%.
Furthermore, keeping your baby close can help you monitor how they handle their own newborn sleep.
It’s cute and at the same time easier for you whenever you need to give them nighttime feedings.
Even if it is recommended for you to keep your baby close by, AAP is against cosleeping arrangement.
There are a few risks such as:
- Rolling over your baby
- Your blanket and pillow could be detrimental for them
- They can fall off the bed
Ensure that your baby can enjoy their newborn sleep in a safe bassinet
No one can put a price on safety. However, safety does come in a few different forms.
It doesn’t matter if you put them in a crib or a bassinet. They can even sleep in a portable crib as long as the product abides to the latest safety guideline.
Don’t ever put your baby on a surface other than what has been stated.
They shouldn’t be put on a couch, bean bag chair, glider, inclined sleeper and definitely not an infant pillow however fancy those items are.
You will be exposing them to an unnecessary risk of suffocation and SIDS.
The thing you should pay attention to is the environmental harm that can probably hurt your baby.
If they doze off while in a car seat or stroller, bring them to a much safer location as soon as you are able to.
Choosing a bassinet for a comfortable newborn sleep, what should you be particular to?
When it comes to your baby sleeping space, you have to be vigilant.
Newborn sleep is such an important factor that governs your child’s early development. Be sure to follow all of the experts’ recommendations to the letter.
If you fix the bassinet yourself, make sure that every bolts, screws and brackets are properly tightened.
Some of other specifications that you should look through are as follow:
- Footprint: The base of your bassinet should be wide and well supported. It shouldn’t be tilted on one side or the other.
- Weight limit: Bassinets have their own weight limit. Every company should have singled out that particular information for users’ convenience. The rule of thumb is, when your baby starts to gain weight up to 6 kg, you can put them in a bassinet. Once they have exceeded that limit, move them into a crib.
- Age: It’s much safer to use a brand new bassinet. Some of the old one can be unsafe in terms of the product quality and materials used to make them.
- Slat width: You should ensure that the slats are properly spaced. Don’t use a crib which has a wide slat as it will impose a risk of head entrapment for your child. A place for a newborn sleep should be safe.
- Condition: If you are a little low on budget, buying a second-hand crib can be acceptable. However, you need to inspect it properly. Make sure it is properly painted and there is no associated health hazard.
Choosing the right mattress for your baby
There are a few things you need to inspect:
- It should fit in a well-protected manner. When it comes to choosing a mattress for your crib, make sure it fits snugly against the inside of the crib. If you can insert two of your fingers easily at the corner then it’s not safe.
- Don’t discount the size of your mattress. Use an appropriate size mattress of any kind that fits well with the crib. If it’s too big, don’t buy and modify it later. No matter how snugly it fits, it is not safe for a newborn sleep.
- If you decide to buy a portable crib, use the premade mattresses. These items are tested safe with its premade mattress. When you fit in other forms of mattresses, it no longer has the same safety profile as before.
Should I lower the crib mattresses? When should I do that?
Cribs are quite flexible. They are made with a few baby ages in mind which means, its height is adjustable.
When your baby is just a newborn, use the highest level. As they grow and learn to stand, you would want to lower it bit by bit.
This is important to reduce the risk of falling as a consequence of them climbing the crib.
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