Can I use a blanket in a bassinet?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that nothing except the baby, mattress, and fitted sheet should be in baby’s sleep area until they are 12 months of age. Any loose soft goods in the sleeping area increase the risk of suffocation or SIDS. You can keep baby nice and warm with sleepers and sleep sacks!
What is the ideal temperature for my baby’s sleeping area?
It is recommended that the temperature in baby’s sleeping room be kept between 66-70° F (19-21° C). Overheating may increase the risk of SIDS.
Can I put my baby to sleep wearing a hat for warmth?
Once babies are home from the hospital they should not be put to sleep wearing a hat. Hats can make it more difficult for babies to cool themselves, and overheating is a contributing factor to SIDS. Additionally, hats can come off during the night and could pose a suffocation risk if they cover the baby’s face.
Can my baby sleep on her belly for naps, if I am awake and watching her?
Until their first birthday, babies should be positioned for sleep on their backs for ALL sleep times - naps included. Numerous studies have shown that babies who sleep on their backs have a reduced risk for SIDS. Even babies with reflux should sleep on their backs.
My baby’s bassinet mattress seems so hard and uncomfortable. Can I add a softer layer?
Bassinet mattresses are purposely designed to be very firm, as that is the safest sleeping environment for a baby. Infant sleeping surface firmness is mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Mattresses should not “squish” when your baby is lying on them. Anything that soft is not safe for sleeping as it could pose a suffocation hazard.
Can I do anything to reduce the risk of SIDS while my baby is still in the womb?
Studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicate that mothers who have regular 💚prenatal💚care and who avoid using tobacco, alcohol, or recreational drugs during pregnancy can reduce the risk of SIDS after their baby is born.
If I’m very careful, can I let my baby sleep in my bed?
Unfortunately, bed sharing/co-sleeping puts babies at an increased risk for suffocation, no matter how careful you are, even if you’re a light sleeper and feel you would wake up if there was danger. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that baby stays close - in your room - but in their own bassinet or crib next to your bed.
Do newborns need absolute silence to sleep well?
Newborns are actually not used to silence - the ambient sounds in utero are about as loud as a blender in the next room. Babies are accustomed to loud droning or rhythmic noises. If your baby is having trouble settling down try a white noise machine or app, which can help baby relax by blocking out other distracting sounds and stimuli.💤
Won’t back sleeping give my baby a flat head?
Even though it is possible for a baby to develop a slight flat spot, back sleeping is still the hands-down safest way to put your baby to bed.💙💤 Flat spots will round out as the baby ages. You can reduce the risk of a flat spot by alternating baby’s position in the crib, so that they have to turn their head in different directions to see you.😍