Creating a safe sleep environment for baby is the best thing you can do to ensure the first years are happy and healthy. Raising your bundle of joy takes care and knowledge. Being more aware of the products in and around your home is just another step that will become second nature as baby grows.
Each year hundreds of deaths occur when children are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for children. The safest place for a child is in a fully functional, properly assembled crib. It's also important to remember these basic guidelines to create a safe sleep environment for your baby:
- For the safest product use, be sure to always read and follow all manufacturers' instructions.
- It is recommended second-hand products should not be used for baby. However, if it is imperative to use older products, make sure they have all of the safety features outlined on this website and have not been recalled.
- Keep in mind that new products meeting current safety standards are the safest option.
- Don't forget to frequently inspect products for missing hardware, loose threads and strings, holes and tears.
While every family is unique, it’s best to determine your best sleep plan and what’s right for your entire family. The practice of cosleeping, or sharing a bed with your infant, is controversial, a personal decision and one that should not be taken lightly. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons and consider room sharing as a safer alternative.
With some careful planning, naptime and nighttime can be a pleasant experience for both you and your baby. Make every night a safe night!