Every mom and dad get very excited about a new baby in the family. They envision sweet moments of watching their newborn grow, imagining them crawling through the living room, marking the bedroom door with height growth, and smiling upon their sweet baby as he or she slumbers. However, SIDS is still the number one cause of death for infants under 1-year-old. It’s important that we take the time to take precautions to ensure that our visions can come true.
Check the Bedding
Prior to baby coming home, check the crib mattress to be sure it meets safety standards. The mattress should be firm so that there is no sagging. Crib sheets should fit appropriately without coming loose easily. Other than swaddling blankets, quilted blankets and such should be put away for future use. Right now, we are working to keep anything from possibly suffocating the infant. Which also leads us to the issue of toys in the crib. A secure mobile is okay but for now, but remove the stuffed animals until the child is much older.
Back to Sleep Is Super Important
Always be sure that you lay baby down to sleep on their back. SIDS is reported more in the infant who sleeps on their stomach rather than their back. It’s believed that when an infant sleeps on their belly, they are re-breathing the oxygen that has been released from their lungs rather than fresh air. This could be a cause for suffocation. This also means that an infant should not be laid on their side as they could roll over onto the belly. Doctors agree that once a child rolls from back to belly, it’s okay to allow them to roll in their sleep. You should still lay them down on their back and if they roll over in the middle of the night, you don’t have to panic. Their bodies are now agile enough to roll themselves over if they are having an issue.
Avoid Bed Sharing
Co-sleeping is a major trend at the moment. While it sounds like a lovely tactic to bond with your newborn, it can be dangerous. It’s best to avoid co-sleeping because of the chance of rolling over onto your newborn or accidentally smothering the child with bedding. Many argue that they won’t roll over and that may be true if you are going to keep yourself from falling into the deep sleep that you need. But that also means you are not allowing your body to rest.
Take Care of You During Pregnancy
It’s important that you take fantastic care of yourself during pregnancy. Some statistics show that poor prenatal care, exposure to tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drug use during pregnancy can contribute to the risk of SIDS. Talk with your doctor about how to take care of yourself while pregnant so that you can give the best care to your new daughter or son!
Take Care of Yourself After Pregnancy
Once a newborn comes home, it can become a chaotic mess that leaves you ready to pull your hair out. Please, avoid feeling like you must do it all! Let folks help you out when you need it. Get plenty of sleep when the baby sleeps or have someone come over to let you sleep. Eat healthy foods that keep you feeling satiated and wide awake. When we are over-exhausted, we could make poor choices that cause accidents of all kinds.
By taking a few precautions, you can create a healthy environment that will allow your baby to grow and give you all the time in the world to enjoy your young one.