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PSA: Safe Sleep and Sudden Infant Deaths (SIDS)

We all know that everyone needs sleep. For babies and children who are growing and developing, it's especially important to get the right amount of sleep, in the right environment.


So, what is "safe sleep"? As a Pediatric Sleep Expert, my recommendation for safe sleep is to give the child the proper amount of sleep in his own sleep space, based on his age.


For babies under 12 months old, the safest place a baby can sleep is on his back in his own bassinet or crib, not in a swing or mommy and daddy's bed. It's also important to make sure the baby's room is "sleep friendly" and the baby learns how to settle himself and fall asleep without using sleep crutches.


A recent article from CNN reported an increase in SIDS, particularly in Black babies. Studies have shown that SIDS occurs most often when a baby sleeps on a soft mattress, instead of a firm crib mattress.


That is not to say that SIDS can't happen to ANY child, so we all must be vigilant in creating the safest sleep environment for our new babies.


Are you asking yourself if your baby's room or area is safe?

Here is a brief checklist:

  • Baby has his own crib.

  • Use a crib mattress that is firm.

  • Crib has a fitted sheet and nothing else (no pillows, blankets, plush toys, or bumpers).

  • Place baby on his back to sleep.

  • Dress baby in a sleep sack.

  • Use dark out shades to keep the room as dark as possible.

  • Keep the room the same temperature as the rest of the house (not warmer or colder).

For toddlers, "safe sleep" incorporates schedules, routines, and not giving in to toddler tantrums and stall tactics.

Here is a brief checklist:

  • Create a bedtime routine.

  • Sleep with 1 lovey, not an abundance of toys in crib or bed.

  • Use a toddler clock to show bedtime and wake time.

  • Use dark out shades to keep the room as dark as possible.

  • Keep the room the same temperature as the rest of the house (not warmer or colder).

For more information or to discuss your baby's or toddler's sleep challenges, contact me at any time.

Sweet Dreams!😴👶

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