Safe Sleep

Safe Sleep

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Safe sleep is a top concern for new parents! Following the below can help reduce the risk of SIDS and Suffocation. All recommendations come from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)

I know it was a top concern for me, but if you follow the AAP recommendations it should help ease your mind.

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The ABCs of safe sleep

A. Alone. This means no pillows, bumpers, stuff animals, or blankets. Use a sleep sack instead of a blanket. I personally recommend Halo sleep sacks. They come in cotton and fleece.

B. Back to sleep! Baby should always be placed on his or her BACK.

C. In a crib.  Baby should be in the same room as you, but in a separate crib or bassinet. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that an infant sleep in the same room as you for 6 months

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Let me get back to those sleep sacs. They are amazing. Some have swaddles, while others don’t. My kiddo didn’t like to be swaddled (I know odd) so I ended up buying the ones without the swaddle. They have light weight ones and heavier ones for the colder months. I swear by them and used them for over a year!

More Safe Sleep Tips

  • Place baby in a smoke free environment
  • Baby should be on his/her back alone in a crib in the same room as you
  • Don’t overdress or under dress your baby – keep in mind the temperature
  • Offer a pacifier, it has been known to reduce the risk of SIDS
  •  Keep the crib at least 3 feet away from windows, window coverings, baby monitors or décor

When Buying a Crib

  • Check or to check if the crib model has been recalled
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the crib slats or bar should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart and the top of the crib rail should be at least 26 inches from the top of the mattress
  • Use a firm mattress, no more than two finger widths between the crib and mattress

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