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October 8, 2021

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We’ve put together our top tips to ensure safe sleep for your newborn baby each and every time.

Being a new parent can be really stressful, especially when it comes to establishing a safe and effective sleep routine for your little one. It’s so important to prepare a sleep space that will protect them, is comfortable, and will promote a good night’s rest – for everyone’s sake!

During their first few months, your baby will be really sensitive to their surroundings. Imagine how many new feelings, new sensations, new sounds, and new smells they are experiencing! They are also incredibly curious and will grab anything in their reach, which when they can’t yet understand or comprehend potential dangers, makes your role even more important.

To take the stress out of the process, we’ve put together our top tips to ensure safe sleep for your newborn baby each and every time.

Consider room temperature

You may not have considered it before bub arrived, but monitoring room temperature to ensure it is comfortable and the room is well ventilated is a must. It’s easy to regularly check your baby to ensure they are not too hot or too cold by simply touching their back or tummy.Love To Dream™ also has a TOG rating guide for selecting the appropriate sleep garment taking the confusion out of selecting which option is right for your little one to keep them at a temperature that is just right.

Conduct a thorough safety check

Wherever possible, avoid using any loose items or blankets in your bub’s crib to ensure no fabric can come up above their face to cover their nose or mouth. It’s also worth making sure no hanging cords are within reach, including electrical and blind cords. Ensure that the surface your baby is sleeping on is nice and firm, whether it’s a cot or portable crib with a tight fitted sheet on the mattress – nothing else!

Keep them close

When they are newborns and for the first 6-12 months of their life, sleeping in a cot or crib in your room is most ideal if you can manage it. Feed, settle, then place them in their bassinet close to your bed so you can keep an eye on your baby throughout the night.

Choose the right sleeping garment

Use Swaddle UP™ from birth and choose the size according to your baby’s weight, not their age. Stop swaddling as soon as your baby shows signs of rolling or loses the startle reflex – this means it is time to transition to arms-free sleep using Swaddle UP™ Transition Bag or Transition Suit.

Put your bub in the right position

When putting your baby down for sleep, it is important that you place them on their back to sleep. Side and tummy positions are not safe, but it’s always worth consulting with your GP or Paediatrician if you have any doubt. Always place your baby in the ‘feet to foot’ position, with their feet at the end of the cot/crib and pram too!

Seek Expert Advice

If you are unsure about any safety recommendations for newborn sleep, consult your medical practitioner. If your baby is becoming irritable, excessively crying or is unable to settle, it is recommended to seek support from a sleep health expert or your GP as soon as possible.

Whatever stage your baby is at, providing them with a safe sleep environment will not only keep them protected and settled but will also give you peace of mind. Try the incredible products and tools from Love To Dream™ for yourself and learn how to get your baby’s sleep on track from the very beginning.

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Have you got a top tip for creating a safe sleep environment for your bub? Share it in the comments!

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  • Lesson number one – don’t co-sleep! So many new parents are doing this and it’s so dangerous and sets you up for a hard time establishing a routine.

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  • This is really helpful for new mums.

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  • Why does it keep changing from side sleeping to back sleeping

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  • Really great and important tips to know.

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  • I always use the ABC acronym for safe sleep – Alone, on their Back, and in their Cot.

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  • This is a great list! Safe sleep to me was the single most important thing to take extra care with… A friend of mine lost her precious bub to SIDS so reducing the risk by using safe sleep methods is the least I can do to honor her and her baby girl.

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  • My bub just likes to wrapped in a muslin wrap and at least as they grow the wraps are still useful at each stage.

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  • I don’t come across these very often, but this is a good list. Not fluff, no old wives tales and no bull.

    Good concise information, if people can’t afford a love to dream swaddle – remember you can still securely swaddle them the old fashioned way. If you have a bub that refuses to be swaddled, you can get arms out swaddles/bags that will still keep them SIDS safe as well as warm and snuggly.

    Room temp is pretty easy – for anyone with common sense you can self detect if a room is to hot, to cold or comfortable. For all others, room thermometers are pretty cheap.

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  • What a list! No wonder today’s mums stress so much and often feel like failures. A helpful list to tick things off, but wow, lots of worry

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  • These are good and helpful tips

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  • And don’t get complacent – this is so important, no matter how tired you are.

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  • Thank you for sharing. My friend is experiencing her 1st baby-that will be very useful for her.

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  • I have a new born arriving in a few months so it’s always good to refresh with tips like these. Especially safe sleeping

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