How to Decide Where Your Baby Will SleepDec 02, 2020
Cribs. Bassinets. And inclined sleepers! Oh my! With so many different sleeping options for your newborn, it can be hard to decide which one is the safest. After all, you may be tempted to go with the piece of furniture that has all the bells and whistles. (I’m looking at you, Snoo!) But, in reality, you need to keep the following three questions in mind when deciding where your baby will sleep:
Is it flat? The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that babies be put to sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface. That means swings or inclined sleepers (like the Rock n’ Play) are not safe sleeping options for your baby. Inclined sleepers can be dangerous—newborns have poor neck control, so if she slouches down while asleep at an incline, her airways might compress and she could stop breathing. Swings and inclined sitters are fine to use while your baby is awake and you are present. They are not designed for unsupervised sleep.
Is it boring? Leave the stuffed animals, blankets, and pillows for later in your child’s life. Keep your baby’s sleeping space free of bumpers, too. A boring sleeping area ensures your baby doesn’t roll onto or become entangled in an item while sleeping. Boring isn’t as cute, but it is best for the baby!
Is it alone? Your baby needs a separate space from you in which to sleep. Co-sleeping is too risky as you or your spouse could roll over while asleep and suffocate your newborn. Your baby could slide or roll and become stuck in a pillow or blanket. Instead of co-sleeping, a bassinet or pack-’n-play that sits near your bed is a good option as the baby is close to you, but in her own sleeping area. You can quickly quiet or feed the baby as needed.
Safe sleep doesn’t look like how you see most babies sleeping on Instagram. It can be so confusing to know what is safest, but once you do you can rest easy!
Check out my free Safe Sleep 101 Workshop—it’s an on-demand video course that takes all the confusion and guesswork out of putting your babe down safely so you can get some rest!
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