SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) occurs when the sudden death of an infant old cannot be determined and is the leading cause of death for infants ages 1 to 12 months. Unfortunately, researchers remain unsure what causes SIDS. However, creating a safe sleep environment can help reduce your little one’s risk.
We’ve put together some safe sleep tips to help reduce the risk of SIDS:
• First and foremost, avoid purchasing second-hand crib mattresses or cribs. There are various safe and durable crib mattresses at a great value available today that will meet the latest industry standards.
• Avoid placing the crib near lamps, dangling cords, ribbons, windows, fans, heaters or climbable furniture.
• Always place babies on their backs to sleep unless otherwise directed by your baby’s doctor.
• Make sure baby’s face remains uncovered by keeping heavy blankets, pillows, and stuffed toys out of the crib. For newborns, you can swaddle them in a thin blanket.
• Keep hanging objects out of the crib and ensure mobile units and toys are at least 10-12 inches away from baby’s face.
• Turn on a fan to keep the air circulating if your baby’s sleeping room feels hot and humid.
• No co-sleeping: we know it’s hard to resist newborn snuggles, but co-sleeping is not recommended for safe infant sleep.
• Do not place infants to sleep on pillows, sofas, waterbeds, or adult beds.
• Look for crib mattress pad covers that have a fitted design and a stretchy skirt that wraps underneath baby’s mattress. This helps hold the crib pad in place and prevents sliding, shifting and bunching for a safe and secure sleeping surface for infants and toddlers.