The American Academy of Pediatrics posted new guidelines for safe sleep for infants earlier this week. The goal of these guidelines are to reduce the risk of SIDS and other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths.
Here are some things that promote safe sleep:
– Placing babies on their back to sleep, without the aid of wedges or props. Babies should be placed in this position to sleep till they are 1 year of age.
– Using a firm surface that does not sink under the baby’s weight.
– Breastfeeding has a protective effect against SIDS and while that effect increases with exclusive
breastfeeding, any breastfeeding is better than none.
– Having the infant sleep in the parent’s room preferably for a year, but at least the first 6 months. The baby should have its own sleeping surface within reach and view of the parents.
– Using a pacifier has a protective effect. If you are breastfeeding, it is best to wait to introduce a pacifier until the breastfeeding relationship is firmly established.
There are some things to avoid:
– Soft objects or loose bedding that can fall in baby’s face and cause difficulty breathing, suffocation, or strangulation.
– Avoid exposing baby to smoke, alcohol, or illicit drugs.
– Avoid over-heating and head covering of infant while sleeping.
– Avoid the use of commercial devices that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS, to include wedges, positioners, and cardiorespiratory monitors. There is no evidence that the use of these devices decreased the risk. Any information on the safety of these products can be found at www.cpsc.gov.
Some other notes:
– Swaddling is a technique uses to calm or comfort infants, and often used when the baby is sleeping. If you use swaddling, be sure to place your baby on its back when sleeping. Swaddling with the arms in or out is a personal decision made based on the needs of the infant.
– Tummy time is a great activity to help with your child’s development, strengthening the shoulders, and to avoid a misshapen head in the infant. Awake, supervised tummy time can be a way to interact and bond with your baby.
Always check with your provider if you have questions about sleeping arrangements for your baby. You can also read the full article HERE.
Wishing you peaceful nights and safe sleep,