What is the Safest Way for My Baby to Sleep?

December 4, 2023

What is the Safest Way for My Baby to Sleep?

Ensuring that our little ones sleep safely is a top concern for many parents. Sleep is an essential part of your baby’s growth and development, and ensuring they have a safe sleep environment is crucial. For more detailed information read our previous article, but here’s a guide that answers your pressing questions and offers top tips on safe sleeping for babies.

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What is the best position for my baby to sleep in?

The safest position for your baby is on their back. This reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Once they’re old enough to roll over themselves, it’s okay to let them find their own comfortable sleeping position, although putting your baby on their back to sleep is always recommended.

Can I share a bed with my baby?

While it’s lovely to have your baby close, it’s safest for your baby to sleep in their own cot or Moses basket.

Should I use pillows and blankets in my baby’s cot?

It’s recommended not to use pillows and duvets for babies under one year as they can increase the risk of SIDS. Instead, consider using a baby sleeping bag that’s appropriate for their age and the room temperature.

Is it okay for my baby to sleep in our room?

Yes, it’s actually recommended for babies to sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months. This can reduce the risk of SIDS by up to 50%.

How can I ensure the room temperature is right for my baby?

Aim for a room temperature of 16°C to 20°C. Consider using a room thermometer to keep track. Adjust your baby’s clothing or bedding if they’re sweating or feel cold to touch.

Top 5 Tips for Safe Sleeping

  1. Firm Sleeping Surface: Ensure that your baby’s mattress is firm, flat and covered with a waterproof cover. This provides a stable sleeping environment.
  2. Feet to Foot Position: Place your baby with their feet to the foot of their cot, ensuring they can’t wriggle down under the blankets.
  3. Avoid Overheating: Dress your baby in light sleep clothing and avoid heavy blankets or quilts. If you’re worried about the cold, opt for a wearable blanket or sleeping sack.
  4. Clear Sleeping Area: Keep the cot free of toys, stuffed animals, and bumpers. These can pose a suffocation risk.
  5. No Smoking: Ensure that your baby’s environment is smoke-free, both before and after birth. Exposure to passive cigarette smoke is a major risk factor for SIDS.

Sleep is such a vital part of your baby’s day, and ensuring their safety during these precious hours is paramount. Keep these tips in mind, trust your parental instincts, and always consult a healthcare professional if you have concerns.

Sleep tight and take care,

Dr. Yiannis and the Childhealthy Team.






Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice.


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