Just a trending mommy in the know February 5, Is your baby sleeping safely? February 5, I am yet to encounter a new mom whose baby sleeps flat on their back. That is a total myth read about more dangerous baby myths over here. Back sleeping is the ONLY safe to sleep position for newborns and infants.
That said, allow me to state that I am not inherently paranoid. I let Jake sleep on his tummy for many a day nap OMG?!? Yes, I just admitted that out loud. And a cot bumper. Nor have I ever used the Angelcare Breathing Mat. And now that he is older and out of the high risk stage , he gets himself into the most obscure sleep positions; twisted and curled like a mini contortionist, face down.
Use common sense and trust your own mommy instincts because yes, that is a real thing, and yes, you possess it. No need for panic. The information listed below is taken directly from official guidelines as provided by various State and Government departments around the world. Babies sleep safest on their backs. Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of SIDS than are babies who sleep on their stomachs or sides.
Every sleep time counts. Babies should sleep on their backs for all sleep times—for naps and at night. Never on tummy or side. Babies who are used to sleeping on their backs but who are then placed on their stomachs to sleep, like for a nap, are at very high risk of SIDS. Babies who sleep on a soft surface, such as an adult bed, or under a soft covering, such as a soft blanket or quilt, are more likely to die of SIDS or suffocation.
Evidence does not support using crib bumpers to prevent injury. In fact, crib bumpers can cause serious injuries and even death. Use a firm mattress that fits snuggly in the cot with a fitted crib sheet. Avoid using loose blankets.
Around 18 degrees Celsius is the correct room temperature. This means their feet are at the end foot of the crib, cot or Moses basket. Smoking remains the most important modifiable risk factor in reducing the risk of SIDS. Make sure that everyone who cares for your baby uses the safe sleeping recommendations to put your baby to sleep. Why should I place my baby on his or her back to sleep? Research shows that the back sleep position is the safest for babies. The back sleep position carries the lowest risk of SIDS.
Will my baby choke if placed on his or her back to sleep? Babies might actually clear such fluids better when on their backs because of the location of the windpipe trachea when in the back sleep position.
Healthy infants protect their airway when placed on their backs, provided that swallowing and arousal mechanisms are normal. Cases of fatal choking are very rare except when related to a medical condition.
The number of fatal choking deaths has not increased since back sleeping recommendations began. In most of the few reported cases of fatal choking, an infant was sleeping on his or her stomach. Is it okay if my baby sleeps on his or her side? Side sleeping is not recommended as a safe alternative to sleeping on the back and increases the risk of SIDS.
Much but not all of the risk associated with the side position is related to the risk of the infant rolling onto their tummy. For this reason, babies should sleep wholly on their backs—the position associated with the lowest SIDS risk.
What if my baby rolls onto his or her stomach during sleep? Do I need to put my baby in the back sleep position again if this happens? Most babies start rolling over on their own around 4 to 6 months of age. If your baby rolls over on his or her own during sleep, you do not need to turn the baby over onto his or her back. How do I correctly position my baby in the Feet to Foot position? This way, if they roll down in their sleep, their heads will not get covered by the blanket.
We do not recommend Tummy sleeping unless recommended by the doctor or supervised by an adult. As infants grow older, beyond the age of five to six months, a safe cot and safe sleep environment is still necessary even though they will move around the cot and roll over.
What about infants with reflux? Must I elevate the mattress? Research shows that all babies, including babies with gastro-oesophageal reflux, should be placed on their back to sleep. There is no evidence to support the elevation of the head of the cot. Are there times when my baby should be on his or her stomach? At first, your newborn may not like being on her belly and will only tolerate tummy time for a few seconds without crying.
Over time, she will become more used to being on her belly when awake and will probably even start to like it. Make sure to give her some tummy time every day, and always supervise her during these special times. Will my baby get flat spots on the back of the head from sleeping on his or her back?
This is actually true. But a flat head is usually avoidable and not serious when it occurs. Nor are flat spots linked to long-term problems with head shape. Flat spots typically go away on their own once the baby starts sitting up. The most effective strategy to prevent flattened spots is to ensure baby spends time on their tummy several times a day awake and supervised. Sometimes turn her head to the left, and other times, turn it to the right.
Position the cot to face a different direction or place baby to sleep at either end of the cot always feet to foot of cot. This can help if she usually looks in the same direction of the room. Avoid prolonged periods in car seats and prams. Carry baby in a sling. If her head does become a bit flat in the back, it usually is not serious. Can I use a sleep positioner, nest or wedge? Stop using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.
Never put pillows, infant sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib. Sleep positioners, nests and wedges are now considered suffocation hazards. Only a few years ago these were marketed as SIDS prevention devices, yet now they are known to be dangerous.
All aids and devices intended to keep infants in a certain sleep position do not prevent infants from rolling onto their stomachs, are not recommended, and limit the movements of the baby as they get older. Do breathing mat monitors prevent SIDS? Normal healthy babies do not need a breathing monitor. Some parents find that using a breathing monitor reassures them. However, there is no evidence that monitors prevent SIDS.
The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back in a cot in a room with you for the first six months. In some circumstances, sharing a sleep surface with a baby increases the risk of sudden infant death and fatal sleeping accidents.
Current evidence has shown that it is not so much bed-sharing, but the circumstances in which bed-sharing occurs that carries the risk. No sleeping environment is risk free. Safe infant sleeping bags have several benefits. If additional warmth is needed you can dress baby in layers of clothing within the sleeping bag, but make sure this is appropriate to room temperature dress baby as you would dress yourself.
Wraps should be of lightweight cotton or muslin material, and ensure baby is not overdressed under the wrap. Baby should always be placed on their back to sleep, with their feet to the bottom of the cot.
Babies must not be wrapped if they are sharing a sleep surface with another person.
Over 60 studies from many countries have demonstrated a very strong relationship between smoking and sudden infant death syndrome. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk, while smoking after the baby is born increases the risk further. Babies who are exposed to cigarette smoke from any household member are at an increased risk. The car and home should be smoke free zones. Reducing the number of cigarettes smoked in the household, reduces the risk. Room sharing for sleep is recommended for babies for the first months of life, as long as this room is kept smoke free and is well ventilated.
It's a mattress wedge for a little elevation. This is actually true.
Sharing a sleep surface with your baby if you are a smoker is not safe and is not recommended. How old are babies who die from SIDS? The safest sleep environment for a baby, experts say, is a firm, flat mattress with nothing but a fitted sheet on it.
Nothing else should be in the bed: So invest in a sleep sack rather than a blanket. Remove all wedges and loose objects.
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