Safe Sleep

As parents, we know your baby’s health, well-being and safety are precious.

That’s why, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we want to ensure the safety of your newborn. And we understand creating a safe sleep environment for your baby is a must. Safe sleep practices are essential steps to help save lives.

Ensuring Safe Sleep for Your Baby

Our Family Birth Place has achieved Gold Safe Sleep Certification, which recognizes our dedication to providing the highest level of care and expertise to help you safeguard your little one during those crucial early nights and beyond. We want to empower you with the knowledge and resources you need to give your baby the safest start in life.

The ABCs of Safe Sleep and Remembering D for Danger

Now that you’ve welcomed your precious bundle of joy, creating a safe and peaceful sleep environment at home becomes a priority. The following tips will help you implement safe sleep practices at home. But these practices are perfect for when you travel, too.

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    Your baby should always sleep alone in their crib or bassinet. While it’s safe for your baby to sleep in the same room as you, do not place them in your bed, on a couch or in a chair. Make sure the sleep space is free of crib bumpers, toys, pillows and blankets.

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    Place your baby on their back to sleep, whether at naptime or bedtime. Always use a firm mattress in the crib, bassinet or playpen to reduce the risk of suffocation. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) can happen to a healthy infant under one year, typically occurring during sleep. Soft mattresses and bedding are potential hazards.

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    The safest place for your baby to sleep is in their crib, with only a fitted sheet. If you’re concerned about your baby getting cold, talk to your child’s pediatrician about a safe sleeper to keep them warm at night. Also, do not sleep with your baby in a rocking chair or a recliner. It’s just as dangerous.

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    Stay alert and never use substances that impair your ability to care for your baby. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs while taking care of your little one. These substances increase the risk of an unsafe sleep-related incident.

Practical Tips for Safe Sleep at Home

When it comes to your baby’s sleep, creating the perfect environment is key. Here are a few helpful ways you can help ensure they get a safe and sound night’s sleep.

Dressing Your Baby for Sleep

Choose the right sleep clothes for your baby. Lightweight, breathable fabrics keep them comfortable and warm. Layers allow you to adjust their warmth as needed so they can avoid overheating and ensure a cozy and safe sleep experience.

Bedtime Routine

A consistent bedtime routine is a cornerstone of healthy sleep habits for your baby. Create a calming pre-sleep ritual with activities like gentle rocking, soft lullabies, reading a book or giving a warm bath. These routines can help soothe your little one and make bedtime peaceful and secure.

Monitoring Your Baby During Sleep

Baby monitors help you keep a watchful eye on your baby as they sleep. But, while they provide peace of mind, it’s important to avoid relying on technology too much. Use monitors in addition to physically being there to check in on your baby. And keep in mind that apnea monitors or any monitor in the crib or bed should be avoided and is not recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

Safe Sleep on the Go: Car Seats and Strollers

Traveling with your baby can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping them safe during sleep in a new place. Whether you’re planning a road trip, a flight or just a walk in the park, prioritize safe sleep practices. These guidelines can help you while traveling.

  • Car seats are vital for keeping your baby safe during car rides. However, remember they are not designed for extended periods of sleep. When you arrive at your destination, move your baby to a safe sleep environment, such as a crib or bassinet. Avoid letting your baby sleep for long stretches in their car seat. It can lead to positional asphyxia, where the head slumps forward and restricts airflow.
  • Baby strollers are great for walks, but if your baby falls asleep in their stroller, fully recline the seat. A flat area will position their head and neck correctly. Avoid strollers with seats that allow your baby’s head to slump forward since it can obstruct their airway.

  • Travel Cribs designed for trips that meet government safety standards can provide a safe place for your sleeping baby.

Make Sure Everyone Caring for Your Baby Follows Safe Sleep Guidelines

Remember, everyone who cares for your baby, whether a family member, friend or caregiver, should follow safe sleep practices. Make sure to:

  • Communicate your baby’s sleep routines, preferences and any specific instructions with caregivers.
  • Emphasize the importance of always placing the baby on their back to sleep.
  • Demonstrate how you safely prepare your baby for sleep, including proper swaddling techniques.
  • Set up their sleep space correctly, with no loose bedding or toys.
  • Provide all caregivers with resources on safe sleep guidelines.
  • Regularly check in with caregivers to make sure they consistently follow safe sleep guidelines.

Safe sleep practices and the ABCDs of sleep provide peace of mind for parents during those precious moments of rest. Whether at home or on the go, following these guidelines creates a strong foundation for your baby’s safety.

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