The first night your child sleeps in their own room seems like it would be amazing… no more rustle that wakes you up, no more little baby snores… but for many, it’s even more stressful. The baby monitor will be cranked up. You may even be sneaking into their room to double-check if they’re breathing.
Thankfully, we have researchers who study infant sleep and the best practices to keep our little ones safe. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines.
The new guidelines are similar to previous lists but have a few more specifics. You can read the whole list here, or read the summary below.
AARP Safe Sleep Guidelines Summary:
- Place your baby on their back on a firm, uninclined surface to reduce the risk of suffocation or wedging, or entrapment.
- Feeding of human milk, whether through a bottle or breastfed, is recommended because it is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS
- It’s recommended that your baby sleeps in your room, on a separate surface, ideally for the first 6 months. The AAP recognizes that bedsharing is chosen for cultural reasons or parenting styles, but does not recommend bed-sharing.
- Dress your baby with layers of clothing, and avoid using blankets, pillows, pillow-like toys, mattress toppers, or other soft objects.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs during pregnancy and after birth.
- Obtain appropriate healthcare, for example, regular prenatal care and immunizations.
- Despite giving you peace of mind, cardiorespiratory monitors such as the Owlet Dream Sock does not reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Tummy time is important! Slowly introduce it to your newborn with the intent of reaching 15–30 min total daily by 7 weeks old.
- Swaddling should be stopped when your child starts exhibiting signs of rolling.
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If you have any questions about these guidelines and why they are important for your family, please reach out.
Or if you’re struggling with getting a full night’s sleep and are worried about moving your child into their own room, we can help. We’ve worked with hundreds of families to create a smooth transition. A transition to a new room or the restorative transition of teaching your child to become independent sleepers. Book your free call today!