What’s The Meaning Of – Safe Sleep – For Your Baby?
Every baby sleeps for long hours. Specially, a new born baby sleeps almost all the time of the day. But, many new born dies in their sleep. This is called sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
SIDS happens when a baby dies for some unexplained reasons. It could be suffocation or it could be choking. In this case, the baby can’t properly breathe and he/she dies in his/her sleep. Often, a baby dies in his/her crib.
‘Safe sleep’ – is the term that explains the process of safe sleep for your baby. There are certain rules and safety measures before you put your baby to sleep.
You should follow the guidelines to ensure your baby’s safe sleep. If your baby have a safe sleep, the risk of SIDS gets lessened.
How Much Sleep Is Required By Your Baby ?
Sleep is the major part of a baby’s day. Without proper sleep, a baby’s health may deteriorate. The baby may cry continuously or the baby may get sick.
A sleep of 16 hours is a good sleep for your baby. But, this sleeping would not be continuous and it would be periodical. Your baby may sleep for 3 to 4 hours and then he/she may woke up.
If your baby remains awakened for 2 to 3 hours, you shouldn’t be worried. As your baby gets into a sleep pattern, he/she will sleep for more hours. But, if your baby doesn’t sleep and cries continuously, then you should consult a paediatrician.
What’s The Safest Place For Your Baby To Sleep?
There are some do’s and don’ts for your baby’s sleeping place. A crib or a bassinet is the safest place for your baby’s sleep. But, you may have two or three babies. In this case, you should arrange their sleep in separate cribs. You shouldn’t keep your babies in one crib.
The things that you should do before putting your baby to Safe Sleep –
1. A flat or even surface is an ideal place for your baby’s sleep. You should have a crib mattress for your baby. The shit of the mattress should fit the crib perfectly. There shouldn’t be any space between the crib’s frame and the mattress. You should lie your baby on his/her back.
2. Your baby should always be in his/her crib. This is important. There are many reports of baby deaths because of bed sharing.
Many mothers share their beds with their baby’s. But, accidentally the baby may get choked and the baby may die.
For the first six months, you can keep the crib of your baby near your bed. But, you shouldn’t share your bed with the baby.
3. A comfortable room temperature should always be ensured before you put your baby to sleep. Keep the room temperature moderate, it shouldn’t be too cold or too hot.
4. The crib that you will buy for your baby should meet the standard quality of US safety commission.
The things that you shouldn’t do, before you put your baby to sleep-
1. You shouldn’t use sleep positioning pillows. Babies often sleep in an disorderly pattern and to stop this, many mothers use sleep positioning pillows. But, this is not good as your baby may suffocate.
2. You should avoid soft surfaces or slings as the bed for your baby’s sleep. Soft surfaces or sofa may obstruct the proper air to your baby’s nose. This may suffocate him/her.
3. You shouldn’t keep any loose wires or toys in the crib with your baby.
4. You shouldn’t extend your bed like a crib. The railings may be the reason for your baby’s suffocation. You shouldn’t try to fix a crib that’s broken.
How Can You Put Your Baby To Sleep Safely?
For the safe sleep of your baby, you should know certain things. The proper way to put your baby to sleep is really important.
1. You should put your baby to sleep on his/her back. You should continue this until he/she is one years old. Once your baby can roll and he/she can change his/her position during the sleep, you can stop doing this. But, before that your baby shouldn’t be sleeping on his/her tummy.
2. Light dressing is necessary for a good sleep. For a safe sleep, the dress shouldn’t have any loose strings or loose parts.
3. You can cover your baby in a thin blanket. But, there are some restrictions before you do this.
If your baby begins to change positions in his/her sleep, you shouldn’t cover the blanket. Because, if your baby rolls, he’she can wrap himself/herself in the blanket and this can result into SIDS.
4. A pacifier is a dummy of breast feeding. When your baby gets used to breast feeding, you can give your baby a pacifier.
You shouldn’t use any string to hung the pacifier around your baby’s neck. You must not force your baby to keep the pacifier in his/her mouth.
5. Some people use monitors to check the heart rate and the breathing of the baby’s. This is only required in some rare medical conditions. SIDS has almost no connection with this type monitoring. So, you can only use this after consulting a paediatrician.
How can a bedtime routine help a baby to sleep?
When your baby is 6 months old, you can make a routine for your baby’s sleep.
A routine will provide your baby a good and orderly sleep.
But, before this you should know, how to make a routine for your bay’s sleep.
1. You should turn off the bright lights and you should turn on a dim light.
2. You should turn off any sound of music or TV.
3. A lullaby can be of a great help.
4. You can provide your baby a bath in the lukewarm water.
5. You may gently pat on your baby’s back.
6. A pacifier may be used for a good sleep.
7. You should strictly follow a time to put your baby to sleep.
The above guidelines and information are for the safe sleep of your baby. If you find that your baby is not sleeping and continuously crying, you should contact a paediatrician.