Every parent knows that one of the most important tasks that they have in life is keeping their children safe, and this is especially true when they are newborns. If you're a mom or dad, you've probably heard of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.
According to the National Library of Medicine, almost all SIDS cases occur unexpectedly and while sleeping. Furthermore, the majority of incidents reported do not reveal an explainable cause of death. Luckily, as a parent, there are things that you can do to keep your lovebug safe while she's sleeping:
1) Always make sure your newborn sleeps on her back. Sleeping on her tummy or side is reportedly unstable and is never a good idea.
2) Make sure your bundle of joy sleeps in her crib. You may be tempted to practice co-sleeping or take a nap with her on the couch, but tiny tots shouldn't be catching up on those ZZZ's unless it's in their own cradles.
3) Offer your infant a pacifier when going to bed as this can lessen the risk of SIDS. Medical professionals believe that this baby essential may permit your child's airways to open more, preventing her from falling into a deep snooze. Surprisingly enough, a newborn that is a lighter sleeper is safer because she's able to move herself out of a dangerous sleeping position.
4) Don't provide too much bedding for your baby's crib. Bundles of joy should rest on a firm mattress without any comforter. Using a sheet is a much better idea. Steer clear of giving your little one pillows or quilts.
5) If you're able to, breastfeed your baby. A mother's milk has been shown to decrease the chances of developing an upper respiratory infection, which have been linked to SIDS.