6 tips to make bedtime safe for your baby

Settle your infant safely to help ensure the best rest for everyone.

A beckoning bed is a welcome sight to sleep-deprived new parents, but first things first. New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) help protect against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other causes of sleep-related infant mortality:

  1. Use a separate crib or bassinet.
  2. Keep the crib in your bedroom during the first year. (Avoiding co-sleeping with baby can reduce risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent, according to the AAP.)
  3. Baby should sleep face-up.
  4. Use a firm crib mattress.
  5. Do not leave any soft or loose sheets, crib bumpers, blankets, pillows or toys in the crib.
  6. The AAP recommends that tired parents feed their baby in bed, which is usually safer than a couch or chair. If you doze off, move your baby to the crib or bassinet as soon as you wake up.

Consult a pediatrician for more guidance: