Which Sleeping Positions Are the Safest for Babies
Proper sleeping position for babies is essential for their safety and for developing their head shape. For this reason, it is recommended that they sleep on their backs. But what if your child prefers to sleep on his side or his tummy or has a preferred position? Here’s all about baby’s sleeping positions!
Baby’s Sleeping Position
Every parent needs to make sure their baby sleeps safely. Sleeping posture is a big part of this. How do you know if your baby is sleeping in the right position, or if your baby wants to sleep in the right position? These are questions that many parents ask themselves when they first have a baby.
Here are some different sleeping positions that are safe for babies:
On the Tummy or on the Side
Side or prone sleeping positions should be avoided as they increase the risk of Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). After a few weeks, your baby may start to turn over on their tummy. At some point, they will also be able to go from prone (lying on stomach) to supine (lying face upwards), so extra care should be taken. Using a baby sleeping bag may help, making it harder for the baby to roll over. Securing the baby with a so-called stabilizing roll or wedge is not a safe solution.
On The Back
Babies should be placed on their backs in the cradle from birth. This will significantly reduce the risk of SIDS. Don’t worry if your baby spits up: babies automatically tilt their heads up to avoid choking. It is highly recommended that babies be put to sleep on their backs as soon as possible to get used to this from birth.
It is essential to rotate your baby’s head from side to side alternately when sleeping on the back. This is why babies do not have a preferred position, and one side of their head is flattened. Does your baby already have a preferred posture and likes to sleep with his or her head on one side? If so, try rotating the bed from time to time so that your child can see what else he wants to see and turn his head accordingly. Hanging a toy on the non-priority side can also help.
Tucked in Cloth
Some babies like to sleep wrapped in a cloth. This involves wrapping the baby tightly in a special swaddle cloth. When wrapping your baby, you can consult a health center for tips on how to wrap your baby safely.
When putting your baby to sleep, the temperature is also essential. It is important not to overheat the baby. For this reason, we do not recommend the use of down comforters for babies under two years old. This would be too warm, and the child would crawl under it. A baby sleeping bag is more desirable. If you adjust the sleeping bag to the season, you will not need extra bedding. Shorten the bed so that the feet almost touch the toes of the bed.
A Few More Tips:
Choose hard bedding. Also, do not let your baby sleep on pillows, quilts, sheepskin, or anything soft.
Keep the sleeping area clean. This means no soft objects, toys, pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, or crib bumpers.
Keep your baby’s sleeping areas close together but separate. Your baby may sleep in the same room as you, but not in bed, on the couch, or in an armchair with an adult or another child. Instead, your baby should sleep in a crib, bassinet, or cot next to your bed.
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