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Sleeping Sound as a New Baby - Safely

Congratulations, you’ve had a new addition to your family! If it’s your first baby, you might be surprised to see how much babies sleep. As a matter of fact, babies sleep about 16 hours a day, usually in 3-4 hour periods to start.  Babies need to eat every few hours, which is why their sleep periods are shorter than ours. Don’t be surprised if your baby will only stay awake for an hour or two. Over time, she will develop her own sleep pattern. Over time, she will begin to sleep for longer stretches, and with proper timing, maybe even through the night.

  • The best place for your baby to sleep is in a crib or bassinet. If you have twins or triplets, they should all be in their own bassinet or crib. Don’t bed-share with your baby. Parents and babies sharing the same bed is the most common cause of deaths in babies 3 months and younger, due to parent roll overs and heavy blankets and pillows. You can, however, keep your baby’s crib in your room, close to your bed.
  • Make sure the crib or bassinet meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Guidelines for current safety standards.
  • But your baby to bed on his back on a flat, firm surface, like a crib mattress with a tightly fitted sheet. Use only the mattress made for your baby’s crib so it stays in place without any gaps between the mattress and the frame. Don’t use a water-filled mattress, or anything too soft and thick.
  • Keep crib bumpers, loose bedding, toys and soft objects out of the baby’s crib. They present higher risk of suffocation, getting trapped or strangulation.
  • Always put your baby to bed starting on his back, until they are 1 year old. If he can roll over and change positions comfortably on his own, he may change positions throughout the night. Make sure you give your baby tummy time during the day so he can build those skills. Tummy time helps your baby develop his neck, shoulder and arm muscles.
  • Dress your baby in light sleep clothes. Take any strings or ties or loose buttons off clothing. Don’t cover their head. A blanket sleeper is a nice option. Keep your baby’s bedroom temperature comfortable for you.
  • Consider a pacifier for naps and at bedtime. Pacifiers may help protect against SIDS.
  • Start setting a bedtime routine by 4-6 months, including warm baths, massage, soft music or bedtime stories. Stick to a routine as much as possible.
Enjoy every precious moment with your new baby, safely.