Congratulations!You just had a new baby or are expecting an infant or you’re even just luckyenough to be taking care of an infant. During this early stage of an infant’slife, it is extremely critical that they get a good night’s sleep. Now this, assimple as it sounds, is not just an average tuck in routine at night, no. Babiesso young, are so delicate and the smallest oversight could get in the way of asafe peaceful rest for your child which is crucial to their growth. It istherefore then Paramount to create a safe, peaceful environment for your childto sleep in. Here aresimple steps you can follow that will guarantee that your infant gets just theright amount of rest they deserve.
:-1. Set up your infant’s crib or sleep area in aplace that is easily accessible to the caregiver, where they can easily respondor do regular checks to ensure the baby is comfortable. This crib should neverbe put by the window as it could create hazards such as strangulation by thewindow blinds. 2. To reduce the risk of suffocation or SIDS,always put your baby to sleep on their back. The risk with putting them ontheir sides is that the infant will tend to move a lot whilst sleeping andcould easily turn on to their stomach causing blockage of air flow. (AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics) https://www.
healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx3. Remove pillows, quilts, throws and stuffedanimals from your infant’s crib before putting your child to sleep, a study bythe American academy of pediatrics reports that a large number of sleep relateddeaths are caused by a combination of an extra bedding and placing the baby tosleep on his/her stomach4. Ensure that there is no loose hardware on thecrib, especially on the sides of the crib. If a screw came loose on the side, thechild could easily be stuck or caught in between the mattress and the side rail.
5. Only use hardware provided by the manufacturerto repair the crib, improvision could lead to more deadly hazards. 6. Make sure that the mattress the infant sleepson is a tight fit to the crib and that no spaces on the sides between themattress and the crib.
7. Keep cables out of the child’s reach to avoidrisk of strangulation.8. As soon as your infant is strong enough tolift on both hands and knees, ensure that the mattress is lowered to avoid riskof them climbing out or attempting to climb out of their crib.9. If can be avoided, do not put two children ina crib designed for one.