As parents, we always want to make sure our little ones are safe especially when they are sleeping. Here is a simple way to think of this is the ABC’s of safe sleep. So, what does this mean?
- Do not share a bed with your child.
- Your little one should always sleep alone for all sleep sessions.
- The safest place for your child is in the room with you but in their bassinet or crib for the first year of life.
- For every sleep session, you always want to put your child down to sleep on their back.
- During the awake session, we want to do a lot of tummy time to help with combating flat spots on the baby's head.
- Read the label on your crib or bassinet to ensure it meets today's safety standards.
- Check the mattress with your hand to make sure it is nice and firm.
- Keep the crib completely bare. There should only be your child in a swaddle or sleepsuit in the bed.
- Nothing hanging in our around the crib for the child to reach.
- If you hang the baby monitor over the crib make sure to cover the wire so they can not get to the wire.
- Do not use baby sleep positions unless directed by your pediatrician.
After you have the ABCs of safe sleep down you want to make sure that your little one's room is completely safe and treated like a crib. Just in case they get a little adventurous and climb out of their crib in the middle of the night. You want to have that peace of mind to know that they are safe in their room and you have taken every precaution to protect them. Below are the steps to follow when checking your Childs room for safety.
Nursery Safety Tips:
- Make sure all furniture is bolted down and can not be pulled over.
- Remove the glider or rocking chair if you have a toddler who could potentially climb out of their crib.
- Cover all electrical outlets and wires in the room.
- Hang your baby monitor at 6’ over the crib with a wire cover on the wire down the wall.
- Make sure nothing is within reach of the crib. 4’ is a good distance to make sure they won’t be able to reach it.
- Add a baby gate to prevent your child from opening their door if they do get out of bed in the middle of the night and try to wander the home.
- Have a lock on the closet door.
- Before every sleep session put diaper changing products away. I am sure you don’t want to wake up to a room painted in diaper ointment!
- Check that the blinds do not have any cords hanging down and that the blinds or curtains are completely secure.
- Windows are always locked.
- If you have a toy box in the room make sure it is locked and all toys are put away for each sleep session.
Being a new parent is stressful enough and taking these steps to secure your little one's room will allow you to sleep a little better each night knowing that you have taken every precaution to keep them safe during a sleep session.
Leah Nolan is a certified infant and toddler sleep consultant for The Sleepyhead Coach. She resides in Fairfield County, CT with her son and daughter (2.5 years and 9 months old). When she’s helping families with their sleep, she enjoys being out in nature with her kids, riding horses, and spending time with her family.