SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, can seem scary and out of your control as a parent. But there are so many ways to keep your baby’s sleep environment safe and peaceful! Take a look at the following prevention measures from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to decrease the risk of SIDS.
- When you put your baby to sleep, always place them on their back. Keep in mind that if they roll over on their own while sleeping, you can leave them in that position, rather than wake them up.
- Make sure your baby has a firm surface for sleeping, such as a crib mattress or play yard mat. If your baby falls asleep in a car seat, stroller, or swing, they should be moved to the firm sleep surface as soon as possible.
- Keep soft objects and loose items out of the sleeping space. This can prevent the chance for entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation. Loose items include stuffed animals, pillows, and blankets of any kind.
- Put baby to sleep in the same room as you. According to the AAP, sharing a room with your baby decreases the risk of SIDS by 50%. Having the crib within your reach also allows you to watch the baby and breastfeed at night without having to leave your bed!
- Keep your baby away from tobacco smoke. It can disrupt the oxygen flow of the baby while they sleep, which increases the risk of SIDS.
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