Often mothers of newborns ask questions: How do I put my baby to sleep? What is a safe sleeping position?
It is important to know that there are no official recommendations for a safe position in Russia. Most pediatricians advise laying babies on their side, and in some diseases (for example, special forms of reflux) recommend sleeping on your stomach.
But before choosing a safe sleeping position, we want you to make an informed decision on how to proceed. So let’s tell you about each sleeping position. Here are 3 poses to consider:
ON THE TUMMY.
- It is easier to pass gas, the tummy is self-massaged, and colic is reduced.
- It strengthens the muscular corset
- The baby’s hands rest against the mattress and he doesn’t make any involuntary movements and shudders less in his sleep.
- It is in this position that the baby has the least chance of choking on regurgitation.
- Squeezing the chest – it is hard for your baby to breathe.
- dangerous position!
ON ITS SIDE.
- will not choke on regurgitation
- Unstable posture, may roll over onto his/her belly
- Alternate sides to avoid torticollis and skull deformity
ON THE SPIN.
- natural posture, free breathing
- The risk of the airway being blocked by foreign objects (nose and mouth) is lower.
- easier for parents to watch their baby.
- skull deformity
IMPORTANT! In 1994, the American Academy of Pediatrics launched the Back to sleep campaign. According to the AAP, the number of cases of SIDS was cut in half after the campaign! To this day, you may come across varying information regarding the optimal sleeping position for your baby. So be sure to check with your pediatrician before choosing how you want to put your baby to sleep!
How do I choose a mattress for my baby?
Can I use a mattress that was inherited from an older child? It turns out that you can not! Scientists in the UK have done a study that proves that a mattress gets infested with bacteria and fungus (sweat, regurgitation, urine) when used. This fungus grows and negatively affects the baby. It turned out that in half of the cases of SIDS in the UK, parents used an old mattress.
- The mattress should be new. Used mattresses should not be used, even from older children
- The mattress should be perfectly flat, with a waterproof layer
- The mattress should be so firm that it does not sag under the child’s weight
- Make sure the mattress fits snugly into the crib or bassinet, leaving no gaps on either side. If you can fit more than 2 fingers between the edge of the crib and the mattress, the mattress is not suitable!
- The sheet must be well stretched! Only use sheets with an elastic band or zipper! A safe bed is an empty bed!
Moms love to decorate the baby’s crib, using beautiful and voluminous bumpers on the crib, canopy, populate the crib with lots of toys. Indeed, it seems that all these items give more comfort and warmth. BUT! it is important to think about the fact that unnecessary items in bed, increase the risk of suffocation.
- If it is cold, put your baby to sleep in a sleeping bag or properly cover him/her with a blanket!
- Toys, bumpers, stuffed animals, positioners, sheepskins, and down and quilted blankets should not be in the bed!
- Pillows are not necessary for a baby under 2 years of age, under 1 year should not be used for safety reasons
- Do not hang sheets, clothes, or clothing on the edge of the crib.
- Do not use canopies.
- One safe favorite sleep toy is acceptable from 6 months 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.
The best solution for you is to have your baby sleep right next to your bed. In a crib, in a crib attachment, or in a bed with a guard rail, but not in your bed!