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Baby Sleep Safety

Keeping your baby safe in their crib, where they will spend a lot of their time, is very important. Infants, because of their size and relative helplessness, have different requirements than older children. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when putting baby down to sleep.

  • Infant Bedding
    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, bedding for children under 12 months should not consist of comforters, blankets, pillows, or any other soft or fluffy items, including stuffed animals. If you have these items, use them only when the baby is not in the crib. The comforter can be used on the floor when the baby is playing and supervised.

    Itís also important to make sure that your baby is comfortable while she sleeps, but do not wrap her in a blanket. Use clothing to keep her comfortable so she does not overheat. Sleepers, gowns that cover a babyís feet and close with a drawstring, are an excellent option.

  • Best Practices
    When putting a baby under 12 months old down for a nap or at night, make sure they are on their back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress. Remove all pillows, quilts, stuffed toys, and pillow-like objects from the crib. Be sure that the babyís head is uncovered. If youíre using a blanket, make sure itís tightly tucked in at the babyís feet, and that it doesnít come up farther than their chest. Never put a baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, or other soft surface to sleep.
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