Safe sleep for babies is imperative. When you take care of your baby’s sleep, it’s a reflection on how you take care of yourself and your family. By ensuring your baby sleeps safely, you can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by 70%. Here are five tips to help ensure your little one has a safe sleep and doesn’t have to struggle through any development issues.
Why is sleep important for your baby?
Sleep is a critical part of your baby life. The first year of your baby’s life is full of changes, and sleep schedules need to change too. When your child is awake, they are learning and exploring the world around them. This exploration helps them progress in their development, but it can also be exhausting for the little one. It’s important to make sure that they get enough rest so that they can continue to learn and grow.
What is the reason for different sleep positions?
The reason for changing sleep positions is to prevent SIDS. Different sleep positions are recommended for each stage of development. For instance, nannusays should be sleeping on their back from the age of four months to one year.
What about bedtime?
First, establish a consistent bedtime routine. Your baby needs to know that he or she will be going to sleep at the same time every night and should start getting used to going to bed on time.
The bedtime routine could involve some lights out, a story, and cuddling before sleep. It’s important that the routine doesn’t vary too much from night to night so your baby can get used to it. Consistency is key when it comes to establishing a good sleep schedule for your baby.
Next, lay out your expectations of what is allowed during nighttime hours in order to set up a solid bedtime routine. Children need to know what they can and cannot do during this time if they are going to follow the rules consistently.
For instance, you may want them not to watch TV or play video games while they’re asleep, so you’ll need to set some limits on what’s okay later in the evening. So long as your child knows what is acceptable and expected at night, then those boundaries will help them feel content about staying awake for their scheduled nap or sleep session.
How to put a baby on their back
When you put your baby on its back, it helps to prevent the possibility of SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies sleep on their backs because there is a decreased risk of SIDS when they are sleeping in this position. In addition, putting your baby on its back also helps to reduce the risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Some parents put their baby on its stomach or side, which can lead to suffocation. When babies sleep that way, they often end up on their back with their heads turned to one side and their feet on the other. Even if it’s not the recommended sleeping position, you should wake your baby when they are on their back like this and turn them to a safer sleep position.
What sleeping position is best for your baby?
The right sleeping position for your baby depends on their age and development. A newborn should sleep on his or her back, with their head against the mattress and feet slightly elevated. When your nannusays are around four weeks old, they can learn to roll over from the stomach to their back. Between six months and one year of age, babies will start to roll from their stomach to their back. From eighteen months onward, most babies will sleep on their backs with a pillow or stuffed animal.
Sleepless nights and constant crying can be worrisome for parents. So what can you do to prevent this? Put your baby to sleep on their back. It is the safest sleep position for your baby.
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