Eighty to ninety percent of SIDS-related deaths result from unsafe sleeping conditions. Follow these steps to allow both you and your little one to breathe a little easier.
- When putting baby down, lay him on his back on a firm mattress that’s free of soft or loose bedding. As cute as that teddy bear is, it’s best left out of the crib.
- Have baby sleep in your bedroom, but make sure he has his own sleep space. Room-sharing is beneficial in protecting against SIDS, but bed-sharing is not.
- Instead of using a blanket, dress your tot in fitted pajamas; a wearable blanket or sleep bag can offer extra warmth.
- Breastfeed your baby, and offer a pacifier at night. Both practices have been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Don’t smoke near your infant or in any area where he spends time. The effects of second- and third-hand smoke are particularly dangerous for infants.