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Did you know that September is National Baby Safety Month? I’ve teamed up with Owlet Baby Care and an amazing group of bloggers (who are moms too) to share tips on how to keep your little ones safe. Yesterday Susan from Mountain Mom and Tots shared tips on how to keep babies safe while hiking and biking and today I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to keep babies safe while they are sleeping. And tune in at the end of this post for an amazing giveaway valued at over $800.
I remember when we brought Rohrl, my oldest, home from the hospital I don’t think I slept more than an hour or two a night the first week because I kept checking to make sure he was still laying on his back, breathing, the right temperature, all the things moms stress about with new babies. I still stressed when we brought our second son home but I learned a few things with Rohrl.
Keep baby’s sleep area clear of clutter. As cute as that minky blanket you bought is, and I know your little one loves their teddy bear, their bed isn’t safe if those things are in there while they are sleeping. Even though we hope our babies will lay still when they sleep, and they usually do when they are young, you never know when they will roll over and the last thing you want is them rolling over and getting their faces stuck in a blanket or stuffed animal.
Only use a fitted sheet when making the bed. Along with not having any clutter in baby’s sleep area you don’t want any bedding either. Having a fitted sheet that is tight under the mattress is all the bedding a baby needs.
Keep baby (and their room) a comfortable temperature. You don’t want your baby to get overheated (or too cold at night). Dress them in loose fitted clothing (or my favorite, a breathable swaddle blanket) and keep the temperature in their room comfortable enough where you could sleep in there if you had shorts and a t-shirt on.
Always place your baby on their back when you lay them down. It’s easier for your baby to roll on to their tummies if they are sleeping on their sides and when they are on their tummies they may get their faces buried and not be able to breathe. Having your baby sleep on their back is the safest place for them to be.
Give baby a pacifier. When you put your baby down give them a pacifier (make sure to not have it attached to a pacifier clip or holder). Pacifiers help reduce the risk of SIDS. If the pacifier falls out sometime during the night, or nap, it’s OK.
Talk to anyone who watches your baby about these things. Whether you have a nanny, baby sitter or even grandma and grandpa watching your little one, talk to them about making sure your baby is safe when they are sleeping. No matter how many steps you take to make sure your baby is safe, accidents can still happen. Help prevent these accidents by letting everyone who may be putting your baby down to sleep the things you do to make sure your baby is safe.
Making sure your baby is safe when they sleep is not only good for them but good for you too. When you don’t have to stress about their sleep environment you can get a better night’s sleep too. And nothing is better with a new baby than a few extra hours of sleep. Head over to Rae Gun Ramblings tomorrow for more tips for first time moms and don’t forget to enter the awesome baby giveaway below!