How should baby sleep

In the 70’s, parents were told to position their baby to sleep on their stomach, or prone position, to lower the risks of the baby inhaling their burps. However, this sleeping position seemed to also be associated with a higher incidence of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrom.

This is not until 1992 that, with clear and precise stats, a reports by the American Academics of Pediatrics advised that tummy sleeping in babies was increasing the chance of SIDS. 1994 marks the initiation of a national campaing to advise and encourage parents and caregivers to put their healthy infant for sleep on their back or side (nonprone or supine position) unless advised otherwise by a pediatrician or a doctor for specific cases (premature infants while they are experiencing respiratory disease, infants with symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux, and babies with certain upper airway malformations such as Robin Syndrome.).

Why back sleeping

  • When sleeping on their back, it is easier for babyies to breathe, which is even more true in case of rhinopharyngitis or bronchiolitis.
  • Infants will regulate their temperature better, especially if they have a fever.
  • Avoid asphyxiation risks (due to obstruction by the crib mattress, the side of the bed, or a heavy fabric).

Remember that while supine position is advise during baby’s sleep, it is still recommended to give your child some tummy time when they are awake, for developmental reasons.

What you should rigorously follow

  • Avoid the use a quilt or a pillow until the baby is at least 12 months.
  • Avoid using any soft surfaces and gas-trapping objects, such as fluffy stuffed animals.
  • Use a firm crib mattress that will fit the crib properly.
  • Use a swaddle blanket to cover your baby, or a surpyjama.
  • The ideal infant room temperature is between 65F-67F (19°-20°C).
  • Never smoke in the room where baby sleeps.
  • Don’t put anything around baby’s neck, including necklaces and pacifiers with a cord.
  • Never leave your child alone at home.

While it is recommended to have baby sleep in their own bedroom, to avoid bothering them during his or her sleep, it is okay to let your infant sleep in the same bedroom. Make sure, however, that you are not making baby sleep in the same bed as you, but in their own crib, next to you.

For more information, visit Baby Safety Monitors.

Date: Tuesday, 27. April 2010 21:03
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