We know how difficult it may be when you’re a new parent. There are so many things to think about and research, from the things you’ll be purchasing down to how they can sleep safely. After all, you won’t want to stay up late hours dealing with a crying baby, or risk SIDS and other dangerous things that can cause injury.
But how can you ensure that your baby maintains a safe and healthy sleep schedule? Don’t worry, it’s not that difficult! To help you out, I made this short and informative guide on how your baby can have safe sleep.
Because your baby isn’t able to adjust or know what they want to sleep better (yet), it will be up to you to ensure that they are healthy and sleeping straight! To help you out, here are some tips and pieces of information to take note of:
- How Much Sleep Does a Baby Need?
Before anything else, you have to create a good sleeping schedule that works for both you and your baby. Newborns would sleep for around 16 hours a day, in three to four hour periods. That’s because your little one needs to eat! They would also stay awake for about an hour or so before creating a sleep pattern, sleeping for even longer stretches.
Consider feeding times that would fit your schedule while keeping your little one comfortable. While you can’t create the schedule during the first few months, you can find out your baby’s sleeping pattern in time.
- The Perfect Location and Position For Sleep
Of course, the safest place for your little one to sleep is in their bassinet or crib. To ensure that the whole crib is safe for sleeping, follow these tips:
- Put your little one to sleep on his back on a firm and flat surface.
- Use a crib or bassinet which meets the safety standards today. Avoid using cribs with drop-side rails or which have missing and broken parts.
- Do not place soft toys, loose beddings, or crib bumpers in your baby’s crib to avoid strangulation or being trapped. Also, remove any window cords or wires that can tangle up
- Putting Your Baby to Sleep
When putting your little one to sleep, ensure that he is on his back until he turns a year old. But don’t worry if he changes positions while he sleeps, particularly when he is able to move over to his back again after shifting positions.
Also, dress your little one with light sleeping clothes without any strings or ties attached. Don’t cover his head and use blanket sleepers.
If you’re worried about SIDS, there’s no point in purchasing special products that claim to reduce the syndrome. There’s no evidence that these do and are a waste of money.
- Using a Bedtime Routine
Your baby’s sleep schedule can change over time but to help keep a more consistent sleeping pattern, then a routine is best. Try following this sample bedtime routine:
- Winding down playtime
- Switch off all gadgets like your hope and television
- Give your little one a warm back
- Stroke your baby’s back gently
- Give them a pacifier
- Sing them a lullaby or read them a bedtime story
Make sure that you plan this ahead and stick to the routine every night. If you need to change his bedtime, avoid making it too late and get back to the usual routine ASAP.
- Making the Bedroom Safe
It isn’t just about keeping the baby’s crib safe, but the whole room as well! Here are some tips to follow:
- Keep the room’s temperature between 16 to 20 degrees C to avoid SIDS
- Remove all medicines and toiletries our of reach, with bottle tops closed properly
- Secure all furniture like closets and bookshelves to the walls to avoid it from falling on your little one.
- Move all low furniture away from the windows. Use security loves on your windows as well and avoid opening it wide
- If your baby is starting to walk, dress him in pajamas that aren’t too long or socks that warren’s slippery
Wrapping It Up
You don’t need to spend tons of money on the fanciest cribs and beddings to ensure safe sleep. As long as you follow the simple tips and methods, you won’t have a difficult time keeping your little one safe and sound for a peaceful slumber ahead.
Hopefully, this article on how your baby can have safe sleep gave you an idea on what you can do to be a better parent. So don’t wait any longer and start preparing a good sleeping environment for your little one today.
If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences on keeping your baby safe while sleeping, then comment below. I would love to hear what you have to think!