Mommy Certified: Sleep Safety 101
Everyone wants their baby to have a beautiful nursery, but when it comes to sleep safety, less is more. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among African Americans is TWICE as high as the national average. Here are some quick tips to keep your baby’s sleep space safe.
1. Skip the Extras– Loose blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, bumpers, wedges and sleep-positioners have no place in your baby’s crib. If the bedding you love comes as a set, ditch the bumper and save the blanket for tummy time. Better yet, many companies sell their bedding as separates; so save some dough and stock up on fitted sheets and wearable blankets that’ll keep your baby safe and cozy.
2. Take Crib notes – There are so many styles to choose from that it will make even the calmest mama’s head spin. If you focus on safety, I promise you’ll find a crib you love. Here are a few tips – The crib rails should not be more than 2 3/8 inches wide so your baby’s head won’t get stuck. Also no matter your style, choose a crib without fancy corner posts to avoid your child’s clothing getting snagged, which may lead to serious injury. Additionally, most cribs have at least three mattress levels, make sure to lower the mattress the more active your child gets – to avoid a dangerous fall.
3. F is For Firm – Yes, a soft and cushy mattress is where you want to lay your head, but your baby doesn’t need all that fluff. Soft surfaces pose a serious threat to your baby’s health, so make sure the mattress is firm enough for a newborn. When it comes to fit, baby mattresses are a standard size (51 5/8″ x 27 ¼”), but still make sure the mattress you pick fits firmly in your crib of choice.
4. Ask for help – Online research can be invaluable, but if all that late night reading is making your head spin, ask your pediatrician for the most updated information on crib safety.
5. Spread the word – As you educate yourself, share information with friends and family. Sleep safety saves lives.
For more on Infant Sleep safety, checkout;
American Association of Pediatricians
http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov – U.S. Department of Health and human Services Office of Minority Health
Words By: Malika Lewis
Malika Lewis is a experienced Baby Concierge and all around baby product “guru”. She is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician