The Ultimate Baby Safe Sleep Checklist
When it comes to babies, knowing how to keep them safe while they sleep is super duper important. It’s definitely not something to take lightly as it could mean the difference between, well, life and death. I apologise for putting it so bluntly, but safe sleeping practices truly can save your little one’s life while reducing the risk of SIDS. So, have a read through the details below where I’ve set out the ultimate baby safe sleep checklist. As always, if you have any questions or need some sleep support for your little ones, please reach out.
Safe Sleeping Checklist For Babies
- Ensure baby is placed on their back for safe sleep.
- Your little one’s face should be uncovered so they can breathe well. This means no hoods, no blankies, no hats, etc.
- The sleep environment should be at a comfortable temperature to reduce the risk of overheating or getting too cold. Move heaters away from the cot, adjust aircon, etc.
- Sleep them on a firm, clean, flat and well-fitted mattress.
- No loose bedding or items should be left in the cot eg. blankies, pillows, toys.
- For the first 6-12 months, baby should sleep in their own safe sleeping space in the same room as a parent or caregiver.
- Remove any potential dangers from the room before going to sleep yourself. This includes pets, items on cupboards near the cot, etc.
Although there are many more points to keep in mind when you’re setting your little one up for a safe night’s sleep, the ones listed above are the main ones to remember in order to help reduce the risk the SIDS and make sure your baby sleeps sweetly and deeply through the night, every night.
Happy dreaming! x
Speaking of safe sleeping practices, you can check out the best safe swaddling techniques for sleeping babies here!
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