If you have an infant in your home then Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is probably one of the scariest things that keeps you up at night. Knowing that your new baby could die in his sleep of an unknown cause is equally confusing and terrifying. But there are things you can do as a parent to make sleep a little safer for your newborn. If you are worried that your baby will become a victim of SIDS, you will want to know the best products to safeguard against SIDS.
SIDS is defined by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the unexplained death of an otherwise healthy infant, and is the leading cause of death for babies from 1 to 12-months-old. Additionally, the CDC noted that nearly 1500 infants died of SIDS in 2014.
Parents can do their part to create a safe sleeping environment for baby by taking precautions such as placing infants to sleep on their backs and keeping the crib clear of thick bedding and stuffed animals. However, it is important to note that the FDA has never approved a product claiming to prevent SIDS. In fact, they are asking manufacturers not to market their products as being able to prevent cases of SIDS in infants. With just a little effort, you and your baby can enjoy a safe and peaceful sleep.
1. A Pacifier
Pacifiers can help reduce the risk of SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests giving babies pacifiers at night and at nap time during their first year of life. But if your baby does not take to the pacifier right away, you shouldn't worry. And as the Mayo Clinic recommends, if the pacifier falls out of your baby's mouth while she is sleeping, do not try to put it back in.
2. A Sleep Sack
As the temperatures drop, you'll want to make sure your baby is as warm as possible. But while you want to keep your baby cozy, you should know that a sleep sack is a safer alternative to heavy blankets. As Parents suggests, they help keep babies warm at night, and unlike loose blankets sleep sacks do not put them at risk of suffocating in their sleep.
3. A Co-Sleeper
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing your infant to sleep in a crib or bassinet within arms reach of your bed. A co-sleeper is a safe option to allow your baby to sleep close to you.
4. A Firm Mattress
According to the Mayo Clinic, a firm crib mattress is the best to ensure that your baby sleeps safely.
5. An Activity Mat
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests giving your baby plenty of tummy time to strengthen his neck muscles and preventing flat spots on his head when sleeping on his back. A play mat will stimulate baby and allow him to explore different textures as he learns to hold his head up on his own.