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Creating a Safe Sleeping Area

November 25, 2008 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Diane

When choosing sleeping products for your baby or when advising friends and family on suitable newborn gifts the emphasis needs to be on safety first. One of the major fears surrounding new babies is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome otherwise known as SIDS and there is a wealth of sleeping paraphernalia out there that can help to ensure your baby is as safe as possible.
When putting a baby to sleep place the baby on its back on a mattress that is tight fitting and has secure fitting over-sheets. There will be safety standard information attached to any high quality mattresses. Cots and cribs are similarly regulated and again check out the safety standards on the label.

When the baby goes to sleep take out any stuffed toys, pillows, quilts or comforters. Do not be tempted to put blankets in the crib or cot even if they have been bought as baby gifts. They should not be used until the baby is older. Keep your baby’s head uncovered whilst sleeping and never put the baby on a soft surface to sleep as they could roll over onto their fronts.

The key is to be vigilant and supervise your baby as much as possible when they are sleeping. Keep the cot as clutter free as possible and keep an eye on the temperature in the room.

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