HOW TO LET YOUR BABY SLEEP SAFELY
Newborn babies sleep a lot, a lot. Therefore, the first weeks and months they often sleep in places other than the bed or the cradle. Where your baby is sleeping, always make sure your baby is safe.
In the Netherlands, you have heard less about cervical death in recent years. Fortunately, however, because that indicates that we are always better aware of how cervical death can be prevented. You can not get it completely, but by sleeping your baby as safely as possible, you make the opportunity as small as possible.
Sleeping safely, do the following:
- On the back
Always put your baby on the back to sleep. Only when your baby is able to roll well (and roll back yourself!) It is not a problem when sleeping on his side or belly. Most babies start rolling around the 5 months, so keep him consistent on his back until that time. Is he still rolling? Then put him back.
Do not use any auxiliary materials to put your baby on his back or side. Recent American research has shown that this has an increased risk of cervical death.
Afraid your baby gets a flattened or skewed head through the backing? Put your baby’s head at every sleep to the other side. If your baby continues to turn to one side, turn on advice on time from, for example, the consultancy or a child physiotherapist.
- Prevent overheating
Do not dress your baby too warm and keep the room temperature at about 18 degrees (15 to 18 degrees is best). Cold hands and feet do not mean your baby is too cold. For the right temperature, feel the best with a finger in the neck. Is your baby moist? Then he is dressed too warmly.
- The first months with you in the room
The closer you to your baby , the sooner you can respond. The risk of cervical death is therefore reduced. Stichting Wiegendood even advises you to take your baby in the room for the first 6 months. After 6 months the risk of cervical death increases well.
- Empty bed
Do not put any hugs in the crib or bed in the first few months. Do not use bumpers or tools to keep your baby in a fixed sleep position.
- Create a short or a sleeping bag
Do you prefer to spend the first months on a blanket ? Make the bed as short as possible.The head is not in the bed at the top, but the feet lie against the bottom. That way your baby can not get under the blankets.
A sleeping bag is an even safer option. With a sleeping bag, your baby does not cool down quickly because he can not loosen himself. In addition, there are no blankets in the bed he can get underneath. There are enough sleeping bags for newborn babies.The 5 best of this season we have set for you.
Want to know more about cervical death and what you can do to prevent it? Then look at the website of the Wiedeood Foundation.