To be a young parent is to be hyper-focused on your baby's safety, and for good reason. At such a young age, babies can fall prey to danger when left unmonitored, and the risk of harm while asleep is especially high in the first month of their lives. But fret not! There are ways to keep your little one safe and sound while they rest, granting you peace of mind to clock in sleep hours, as well (you can thank us later).
1. They’re called “pacifiers” for a reason
Pacifiers have long since been a staple in baby care products. Not only can they soothe your baby into a sweet slumber, but they can also reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Pacifiers will keep your baby’s tongue propped forward in their mouths, keeping it free from obstructing their airways while they sleep.
Though rare, SIDS is a significant concern for many young parents. Pacifiers are a simple yet effective aid in this while also proving beneficial in more ways than one. They can provide babies with comfort, soothing them amidst crying fits.
Pro tip: Refrigerate pacifiers to provide a teething baby’s gums with cool relief.
Tüdl Care offers Haakaa Teethers and Feeders all in one here. Available in a variety of colours, get more bang for your buck with this all-inclusive design, and pacify yourself (pun intended) by knowing that your baby is secure and comfortable.
2. Do get cot up
It is best to have babies sleep in their cots for the first year of their lives. Bed-sharing has become the leading cause of death among babies under three months old. We know co-sleeping can be tempting; being close to your newborn is a joy every parent wants to appreciate.
You can absolutely indulge at this moment while awake. Awareness while lying beside your baby is vital to their safety. However, when it comes to sleep, keeping them in a cot within close proximity to your own bed can benefit both them and you. Having more free space on your bed makes for a peaceful rest too, one of a few ways to combat sleep deprivation.
3. A tight fit
Ensure bed sheets in your baby’s cot are fitted tight and firmly. One of the leading causes of infant death is suffocation, and loose sheets can block babies’ airways. Another way to combat this symptom of SIDS is to avoid blankets and other bedding add-ons, such as stuffed toys and pillows.
We understand the temptation to decorate a baby’s crib with the comfiest pillows and their favourite stuffed animals. However, keeping this outside their cots and reserved for monitored playtime can ensure their safety when alone. Remember, less is more!
4. Face up when setting down
Be conscious of how your baby is sleeping. Laying them in their cots face up is vital to avoiding breathing difficulties while asleep, and having a firm mattress put down will provide your little one with increased support and safety.
“But wouldn’t a soft mattress be more comfortable for them?”. We understand the confusion. Soft mattresses can prevent the proper development of head control and neck musculature needed for your young one. This is dangerous as their airways can be blocked due to the lack of support, causing their chins to drift down to their chests.
To ensure comfort even with a firm mattress, opt for a soft bedsheet to fit (firmly!) over the cushion. However, sleep guidelines don’t have to mean restricted options. We at Tüdl Care offer muslin crib sheets in varying colours and sizes so your child can sleep soundly and in style.
We at Tüdl Care understand the importance of a catnap. After all, sleep should be a peaceful time for both you and your child. Maximise rest and cultivate your zen by taking these simple precautions, and browse through our baby care products for all your parental needs.
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