Safe Sleep for Babies

Setting up a safe sleep environment for your newborn


The whole idea of “safe sleep” can be confusing. Your mom remembers being told to put you to bed “tummy down,” but your midwife says babies need to sleep on their backs. Your grandma made you a cute set of bumpers and pillows when you were born, but your friend says bumper pads are a no-no.

Research has changed our ideas about how and where babies should sleep. Here are some current recommendations:


  • Your baby should sleep on his back.
  • Your baby should share your room for at least the first six to 12 months, UNLESS you or your partner smokes. If one of you smokes (even if you never smoke in the bedroom), have the baby in a separate room, with a baby monitor.
  • The room should not be too warm, and the baby shouldn’t be dressed too warmly, either.
  • The crib should fit current safety standards (be wary of second-hand ones). Follow the directions carefully in putting it together, and check periodically to make sure screws haven’t loosened.
  • Position the crib away from windows, blinds or curtain cords, electrical outlets and other hazardous items the baby might reach.
  • The mattress should be covered with a snug fitted sheet. Other than that, you want as little as possible in the crib. You can do without blankets by dressing the baby in a sleeper or sleep sac. No pillows or bumper pads or stuffed animals should be in the crib with the baby.
  • If you are using a light blanket or top sheet, position the baby so his feet touch the foot-board of the crib, then tuck the blanket in below his shoulders.
  • Any mobiles above the crib should be high enough that the baby can’t reach them.
  • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk.
  • If your baby uses a pacifier (and if you decide to use one, it’s recommended that you wait until breastfeeding is well-established), it may be helpful to give it to the baby every night when he goes to sleep.

While guidelines recommend having the baby sleep in a crib, some parents opt to share a bed with the baby. If that’s your choice, bedsharing is safer if you are breastfeeding, not under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication, a non-smoker, and you have a firm mattress on the bed with no duvets or heavy blankets that might cover the baby. Don’t sleep with your baby on couch or recliner.

New On the Baby Post


You May Also Like...


Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
Register For Our Newsletter Contests Video

Latest Comments

Should You Switch To Homemade Baby Food?

Parents are looking for suitable homemade ingredients for their babies; after completing 5 months we used to experiment with solid foods. It

jacquesmadden 1 day 23 hours ago.

Everything You Need To Get Your Little One H2O Ready

During summer season it is quite better to spend time in swimming pool; it gives cool and relaxes or body parts. Same thing is applicable fo

steveshelton 3 days 23 hours ago.

Bath Time Fun with Disney Baby

Definitely having a baby bath with colorful towel along Disney characters are really awesome. This will definitely entertain our baby and we

shaneglover 1 week 3 days ago.

Product Recalls Attention

Joe Fresh Recalls Striped Quilted Baby Jackets

Due to a choking hazard, Loblaw Companies has recalled Joe Fresh Baby Jackets

Costco Recalls Kirkland Signature Brand Quinoa Salad

Costco Wholesale Canada has issued a recall of the Kirkland Signature brand Quinoa Salad because of reported illnesses.

All Allerject Pre-Filled Autoinjectors Have Been recalled By Sanofi

Sanofi-aventis Canada has announced a major recall of all their Allerject pre-filled autoinjectors