EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Back to Sleep

Posted on: October 24, 2011

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner.  With the change in weather comes concern that our little ones are warm while they sleep.  We want their cribs and beds to be cozy and welcoming.  While this is very important, it is critical to practice the following safe sleep recommendations for our young children – infants in particular.

 
The Back to Sleep Campaign has been a forceful advocate to help families make thoughtful and appropriate sleep decisions that will keep their babies safe while they slumber.  Along with information for parents, this national campaign stresses the importance of discussing these safe sleep recommendations for infants with babysitters and grandparents (or any other adult) who will be with an infant during nap or bedtime.

Recommendations are made to raise awareness of safe sleep patterns and habits:

  • Follow the ABC’s of safe sleep: Babies should sleep Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib at nap and at bedtime.
  • Never use a car seat or baby swing for nap or bedtime.
  • Never put a baby to sleep on an adult bed, couch, futon, sheepskin or pile carpet.
  • Cribs should be free of pillows, bumper pads, quilts or other plush material. Do not use sleep positioners.
  • Crib mattresses should be firm and tight-fitting. If you can fit two fingers between the mattress and the side of the crib, the mattress is too small.
  • Consider / recommended using a sleep sack or footed sleeper.
  • Do not let baby get too hot.  Keep room temperature moderate for sleep.
  • Don’t smoke near a baby.
  • Consider using a pacifier during sleep.
  • Do not mistake the ability to lift and turn the head as a sign that a baby is no longer at risk. Babies should still be put to sleep on their backs after this milestone occurs.
  • When an infant begins to roll during sleep, consider repositioning onto the back for the first week. Research indicates babies are more vulnerable to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) the week after they first roll onto their abdomens. The risk decreases in the following weeks.

For more information visit www.nichd.nih.gov/sids and www.healthychildcare.org/sids.html

“Sleeping children are simply angels at rest.”  Holly Near

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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