Safe sleep is so important. Not only will safe sleep practices be covered in every consultation, I will constantly update this page so that anyone can have easy, reliable access to the latest news is safe sleep for your baby. Please check out the links below for updated information about safety. At the bottom of this page you will find a helpful picture of what safe-sleep looks like as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
- Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
- Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.
- Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
- Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
- The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
- Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
- Wedges and positioners should not be used.
- Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
- Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
- Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
- Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
Find more at www.heatlhychildren.org
What Crib Should I Buy? A national SAFE SLEEP initiative since 1998, Cribs For Kids helps parents determine what kinds of cribs are the safest around. Your baby will spend a significant amount of time in a crib during the first couple of years…be sure the crib you choose is a safe and healthy place.
Consumer Product Safety (updated regularly) New gadgets and gizmos are constantly hitting the baby-gear market, and new parents are easily overwhelmed. This site makes it easy to determine which products have been stamped with a safety seal of approval and which have not. Bookmark this page and visit frequently!
Safe Swaddling This video will teach you in just a few minutes how to safely swaddle your baby.
Environmental Working Group An excellent resource as you determine what products to purchase for your baby, especially skin care, bath care, and food products. EWG looks closely at chemical content of well-known and more obscure products. In the SkinDeep area of the site you can find rankings for skin care and other toiletries (like sunscreen). SkinDeep also provides an easy to use App for smartphones. While this doesn’t directly relate to sleep, don’t we want our babies to be safe always?
Infant Safety In the news:
Researchers Warn Doctors and Parents not to give Melatonin to Children (LIfe Sciences and Medicine, 2015)