Let’s look at three recommendations for safe sleeping.
#1 Babies should be put on their back for safe sleeping. Research shows that this is the safest way for babies to sleep and significantly reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
#2 Room sharing, but not bed sharing is best for babies. While cuddling with your baby is a wonderful experience and essential for bonding, your baby should sleep in her own sleep space—even if that crib or bassinet is in your room. This keeps babies from being accidentally hurt by a sleeping adult.
#3 Remove soft blankets, bumper pads, pillows, and toys from the baby's sleep area. While the items may be cute and appropriate at certain times, the baby needs a clear sleeping area to avoid getting trapped or covered. Consider a tight swaddle or a sleep sack to help your baby feel secure and warm.
Following these three guidelines will ensure the safest sleeping for your baby.
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