3 Things You Didn’t Know About Safe Sleep

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Safe Sleep

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Safe Sleep

There are 3 common things that you might not know are a safety issue when it comes to your child’s sleep. 

Your baby shouldn’t be sleeping in their car seat when it isn’t clicked into the car or attached to a stroller. 
    When your baby’s infant seat (the carry around type of car seat that has a detachable base) is placed on the ground, or for example propped in a restaurant booth, it changes the angle that the child is sitting at. There have been numerous cases where a baby has passed away because their heads tilt forward ever so slightly and it closes off their airway. If the car seat is in the car or popped into the stroller, the manufacturer has tested to ensure that when it’s being used properly it is safe for your child to sleep.

    The pretty crib bumper and quilt that came with your crib set are not safe to use.
      For the crib bumper, again, many deaths have been reported where a baby has died from strangulation or from rebreathing due to a crib bumper being used. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that there is no soft bedding in an infant’s crib during the first year, just use a tightly fitting sheet and a sleep sack for warmth if needed. The quilt makes a great play-mat for tummy time practice during the day, though, especially when playing with your Baby Jack & Co. Learning Lovey!

      SIDS is not the same as suffocation or asphyxiation.
        SIDS is an acronym for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. There is no known reason for why SIDS occurs, but there are things you can do that have been shown to lower the risk of SIDS. Always place your baby on their back to sleep. Your baby should sleep on a firm, flat sleep surface (either in a crib or bassinet). Also, using a pacifier has also been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. For more tips on SIDS prevention please visit the AAP’s site here

        If you’re having a hard time figuring out your baby’s code to great sleep, contact me today for some starting steps. Sleep doesn’t have to be a struggle, every baby actually really wants to sleep, it’s just about connecting their sleep puzzle pieces. www.BinxBaby.com for more information.
        Ilissa Goman has been a certified infant and child sleep consultant since 2013. She lives in upstate NY and serves clients worldwide. She has been know to have been called a “magical sleep unicorn” before and it brings her immense joy getting families the sleep they so desperately need and deserve, while making the process easy.

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