The first and most important thing when it comes to children’s sleep is not the daily routine and bedtime, but safety! Our article is devoted to the safety of children’s sleep

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Death in the sleep of a baby in his or her first year of life is associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). A perfectly healthy infant dies suddenly in his or her sleep. These cases are most often reported in their sleep; therefore, the syndrome is called “crib death”. Babies in their first year of life are at the highest risk for SVDS, with a particularly high risk in babies in the second and third months of life. 90% of all cases occur in babies under 6 months of age.

However, SIDS is only part of the conditions grouped under the term “Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants” (SNSM). Accidental asphyxia and strangulation in bed constitute a large proportion of SIDS cases.

Sources of information on the safe organization of children’s sleep
Unfortunately, there has never been a single purposeful campaign of informing parents in Russia and there is very little information in open sources. That is why we were forced to turn to foreign sources, in particular:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American National Sleep Foundation
  • National Center for Sleep Research
  • Infant Sleep Information Source
  • Consumer Reports
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • American Institute of Sleep Medicine
  • ADAS Alliance

We have analyzed all of the recommendations and structured them. We’ve put together a webinar, article, checklist and memo for you that will tell you the important steps you should take to protect your baby from the risk of SVDS and choking.

In the same room as the parents
One of the first questions parents look for an answer to even before their baby is born is where will he or she sleep? It is important to know that sleeping in the same room with your parents until at least 6 months of age is much more comfortable and safer! It’s important to understand that sleeping in the same room as your baby reduces the risk of SVDS by 50%

You will be able to hear and react quickly if the baby cries, regurgitates, or if he/she has trouble breathing. In Russia, almost 100% choose to sleep in the same room as their baby up to 1 year of age.

Is it dangerous to take a baby to your bed?
Adults have been taking children to bed with them since time immemorial! It’s as old as time! Since ancient times, children and parents have slept together for warmth and comfort. But the term “baby-sleeping” has also been known since ancient times. What does it mean, it’s a situation in which a mother, put to sleep next to her baby, breastfeeding, falls asleep and accidentally (unintentionally!) Breast or other part of the body presses the nose and mouth of the baby, resulting in the child can not breathe. Prevention of this situation was the task of zemstvo doctors in Tsarist Russia, as well as of pediatricians in young Soviet Russia, from which propaganda posters remain.

During the last 20 years scientists have devoted much time and energy to the question: Is it dangerous to take children to bed with you? The question of whether it is safe for a baby in his or her first year of life to sleep together in the same bed with his or her parents or other people is a subject of intense scientific research and debate today.

The results of the research are cause for some concern. To date, there are extensive statistics on tragic cases involving sleeping in the parent’s bed. It has been proven that co-sleeping, even in the absence of smoking and parental alcohol and drug use, is a high risk for the realization of SHS in the infant.

However, not all researchers support this view, emphasizing the compelling evidence that co-sleeping with the baby supports breastfeeding. There is a view that the safety of co-sleeping with the baby should be discussed cautiously, with adjustments for the cultural level of the family and the personal beliefs of the parents. A clear position on this issue is presented only by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which prohibits co-sleeping due to the high risk of developing VMMC, especially in the first three months of life, even if the parents do not use alcohol or smoke. This position is supported by Canada, Australia and Oceania, and most countries in Europe and Asia.

If you have deliberately chosen to sleep together

If you have consciously chosen to sleep together, you need to minimize potentially dangerous factors. Our recommendations will help you create a safe and comfortable environment and minimize the risk of trouble:

  • Your bed should be absolutely safe for your baby. The mattress should be firm, level, and the sheet should be drawn up and secured. Do not sleep on soft featherbeds or water mattresses.
  • Use bed protectors so that your baby does not fall off the bed.
  • If your bed is against a wall or furniture, check every day for gaps between the bed and the wall where your child can fall
  • The baby should lie between mother and wall (not between mother and father). Fathers and grandparents do not have the maternal instinct, so they cannot feel the baby. Often mothers are awakened by the slightest movement of the baby.
  • IMPORTANT: If you find that you wake up only when the baby is already crying loudly, then you should seriously consider moving the baby into his own crib
  • Use large mattresses, so there is enough room for everyone to sleep
  • Do not sleep with your baby if you are overweight, this can lead to dangerous situations. How do you check how dangerous your weight is? If your baby rolls up against you because the mattress is too squished under you and a depression is formed, you should not practice SS
  • Remove all pillows and heavy blankets from your bed.
  • Don’t wear shirts and pajamas with ribbons and ties, remove long hair
  • Take off all jewelry at night.
  • Do not use perfumes and creams with strong scents
  • Do not let pets sleep in the same bed with your baby
  • Never leave your baby alone in a big bed, unless you are sure he is completely safe.
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