Would you believe that on the average newborn babies sleep from 16-20 hours a day? Some of you are probably chuckling at the thought, wondering why your baby doesn’t seem to sleep much at all, or that your baby sleeps only during the day with a night owl constitution firmly in place. Babies vary greatly, and we can all find peace in the fact that “this, too, shall pass” and that a regular sleep pattern is sure to arrive, eventually.
To begin with, just what do the authorities regard as a safe sleep environment for a newborn baby up to one year old? After much research on the subject, I came up with a list of items that resurfaced with each article.
Safe Sleeping Environment for Baby
1. Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
2. Do not use pillows, blankets, sheepskins, crib-bumpers, quilts , cushions, or comforters anywhere in your baby’s sleep area.
3. Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area
4. Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around your baby.
5. Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head
6. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. Never place on the stomach or side.
7. Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as one-piece footed pajamas, and do not use a blanket.
8. Baby’s sleep area is next to where parents sleep.
9. Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
10. Use a pacifier if it helps without cords or clips.
Another recommendation that a lot of people use is the D-Link Eye On Baby Camera, which turns a smartphone or tablet into a monitor, giving HD clarity and audio for 24/7 monitoring of the baby. It also notifies you if the baby is moving or making noise. So along with checking on baby frequently, a monitor is a great back-up to use as well.
Now we know what constitutes a safe sleeping environment for baby. The next post in this series of Co-Sleeping will address the issue of why 90% of the world’s population engage in it and how effective and safe it has been. Check back next Monday for a continuation of the series.
*A Parent’s Guide to Safe Sleep, Healthychildren.org, http://bit.ly/1Eg0RwV
*Safe to Sleet, Public Education Campaign, http://1.usa.gov/1INavNY
*Healthy Childcare, American Association of Pediatrics, http://bit.ly/1bpBdhy
*U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://bit.ly/1bpBdhy
*Bark Time, How to Create a Safe Sleep Environment for Your Baby, http://bit.ly/1L2KkSh