You just had a new baby or are expecting an infant or you’re even just lucky
enough to be taking care of an infant. During this early stage of an infant’s
life, it is extremely critical that they get a good night’s sleep. Now this, as
simple as it sounds, is not just an average tuck in routine at night, no. Babies
so young, are so delicate and the smallest oversight could get in the way of a
safe peaceful rest for your child which is crucial to their growth. It is
therefore then Paramount to create a safe, peaceful environment for your child
to sleep in.
simple steps you can follow that will guarantee that your infant gets just the
right amount of rest they deserve.:-
1. Set up your infant’s crib or sleep area in a
place that is easily accessible to the caregiver, where they can easily respond
or do regular checks to ensure the baby is comfortable. This crib should never
be put by the window as it could create hazards such as strangulation by the
2. To reduce the risk of suffocation or SIDS,
always put your baby to sleep on their back. The risk with putting them on
their sides is that the infant will tend to move a lot whilst sleeping and
could easily turn on to their stomach causing blockage of air flow. (American
Academy of Pediatrics) https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx
3. Remove pillows, quilts, throws and stuffed
animals from your infant’s crib before putting your child to sleep, a study by
the American academy of pediatrics reports that a large number of sleep related
deaths are caused by a combination of an extra bedding and placing the baby to
sleep on his/her stomach
4. Ensure that there is no loose hardware on the
crib, especially on the sides of the crib. If a screw came loose on the side, the
child could easily be stuck or caught in between the mattress and the side rail.
5. Only use hardware provided by the manufacturer
to repair the crib, improvision could lead to more deadly hazards.
6. Make sure that the mattress the infant sleeps
on is a tight fit to the crib and that no spaces on the sides between the
mattress and the crib.
7. Keep cables out of the child’s reach to avoid
risk of strangulation.
8. As soon as your infant is strong enough to
lift on both hands and knees, ensure that the mattress is lowered to avoid risk
of them climbing out or attempting to climb out of their crib.
9. If can be avoided, do not put two children in
a crib designed for one.