September is Baby Safety Month!
Creating a safe sleep environment designed specifically for baby’s naptime and nighttime is very important.
The safest place for baby to sleep is on a firm sleep surface in a fully functional, properly assembled, bassinet, crib or cradle near the mother’s bed. A bassinet, crib or cradle with JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certification is ideal. No soft toys, pillows, loose bedding, thick quilts or fluffy sheepskins should be used in baby’s bed. Pediatricians discourage the use of thick pillow-like bumpers on cribs. So before baby is placed in the crib, all the fluffy stuff is removed. Think of it the same way as the mountain of throw-pillows on your bed… you remove before you climb in.
A tight fitted sheet specifically designed for bassinet, portable crib, or standard crib mattress should be used.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends baby should be placed on his or her back for sleep – for every sleep including naptime. The back sleeping position reduces the risk of SIDS.
Most medical experts recommend a sleep environment of 65-70 degrees F. So if you use central air or heat, set your thermostat for this range.
Always keep baby’s environment smoke-free by not smoking when pregnant, near your baby or in an area where your baby spends time or sleeps.
Wishing you all a good night’s sleep!