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:
- Use a separate crib or bassinet.
- 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.)
- Baby should sleep face-up.
- Use a firm crib mattress.
- Do not leave any soft or loose sheets, crib bumpers, blankets, pillows or toys in the crib.
- 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.