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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