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Where’s the best place for a newborn to sleep?


Watching their baby sleep is possibly one of the most calming and relaxing experiences new parents could ever have. It’s an adorable sight to behold, what with infants’ tiny, delicate frame, and their gentle breathing.


Of course, getting newborns to sleep is a different matter altogether, and deciding where to place them may just make the biggest difference to help ease new mothers and fathers into the busy life that comes with parenthood. With all the responsibilities that they have to get used to, getting a baby to sleep will give them time to recover, reconnect, refresh, as well as tend to other duties.

What you need to know about SIDS

They should also sleep in the same room as their caregiver, and not sleep on the same bed until they are at least six months or a year old. When babies sleep on the caregiver or parents’ bed, they can accidentally get strangled or suffocate. Mom, dad, or the caregiver could end up rolling over and crushing the baby. Keep the crib close to the adult bed so that you can easily check on the baby anytime and have him within reach. When the baby is past this initial period, parents can opt to transfer baby into the nursery room so as to minimize the effects on their sex life.

The ideal sleep surface

To reduce the chances of SIDS, the AAP recommends that babies always sleep on their backs whether for naps or at night on a firm, flat surface with no loose objects. In fact, the firmer the mattress, the better. It’s important to refrain from using soft, loose bedding, pillows, comforters, stuffed toys, or blankets as the baby might move into a position that might block or impair their breathing, or lead to choking. These may also make his sleeping area cramped or uncomfortably warm.

If you’d like to keep him warm as he sleeps, you may want to slip him into sleepwear such as a wearable blanket. Using beddings is possible if these are the fitted sheet type. Avoid putting crib bumpers as well. Consider giving baby a pacifier when he sleeps to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

The perils of co-sleeping

They should also sleep in the same room as their caregiver, and not sleep on the same bed, until they are at least six months or a year old. When babies sleep on the caregiver or parents’ bed, they can accidentally get strangled or suffocate. Mom, dad, or the caregiver could end up rolling over and crushing the baby. Keep the crib close to the adult bed so that you can easily check on the baby anytime and have him within reach. When baby is past this initial period, parents can opt to transfer baby into the nursery room so as to minimize the effects on their sex life.

With these tips and guidelines, hopefully, you can create a safe sleeping routine for your baby that will ease your worries and also pave the way for longer, more peaceful sleep time at night.

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