Follow These Tips to Create a Safe Sleep Environment for Your Baby
- Look for furniture that is phthalate and lead free. GREENGUARD Gold Certification is a BIG plus. What is Greenguard Gold?
- Your crib and bassinet should always meet current safety standards. See how DaVinci surpasses safety standards here.
- Install anti-tip kits for heavy furniture like dressers and bookcases.
- Introduce safe, non-toxic and air purifying plants to your nursery.
- Set your baby’s sleep space away from windows, curtains, and canopies.
- Make sure all cords are completely inaccessible and use wire covers or secure them to the baseboards if needed.
- Your newborn should sleep alone, on a firm surface and any sheets or pad-covers should be tightly fitted.
- Any artwork should be safely secured to the wall. Never hang glass or risky decor above sleep areas.
- Go through your space and check that all small items or choking hazards are out of reach.
And 5 more sleep tips to get your infant sleeping through the night with certified sleep consultant, Kate Arquilla
Kate's 5 S's of Sleep
1. Sleep Environment
Follow the ABCs of Safe Sleep: "Make sure you're placing your baby Alone on their Back, in a Crib or bassinet. Remember that you're only supposed to use a fitted sheet in the crib."
"Make sure you have a tight swaddle that has a Velcro or zipper - it's the safest for babies who are not rolling."
3. Sound Machine
"Make sure you’re investing in a good sound machine that’s loud. This helps drown out any other noises that are outside and also helps the baby stay asleep."
"A pacifier can help babies sleep. It mimics feeding and helps them stay calm and self soothe."
"Start a sleep routine as early as 2 weeks of age. Babies thrive off of a schedule. Putting your baby on a feeding and napping schedule really helps predictability and helps babies makes sure that their getting enough feeding and they're taking good feedings and getting really good naps."
*This information is strictly for informational purposes and is not meant as, nor is a substitute for, professional advice. Always make sure you're checking with your provider before you're implementing these tips.