February 05, 2020 2 min read

Is your nursery a safe-sleep environment?

We often get caught up in the Instagram-worthy look of our nursery, however, the most important thing you can do for your little human is to ensure their sleep environment is set up safely to reduce the risk of SUDI (Sudden Unexplained Death of Infant). Here is our ultimate guide to follow, to ensure your babe will be sleeping safely and soundly, giving you peace of mind, too!

  • Use a safe mattress that is: firm, clean, flat and the right size for the crib
  • Sleep baby on their back
  • Keep head and face uncovered
  • Position baby’s feet at the bottom of the cot
  • Use a tight fitted sheet only, that tucks under the mattress (recommended Fitted Sheets)
  • Use a safe baby sleeping bag (recommended Sleeping Sack and Cocoon Swaddle)
  • Do not use anywhere in or within baby’s reach: soft toys, bumpers, loose blankets, blinds cords, heaters, etc.

Recommendations for further information about safe-sleep for babies is on www.healthychildren.org

 

Zero to Three Club carries Traditional Velcro Swaddles and Cocoon Sleeping Bags designed to replace bedding altogether, whilst keeping your little ones body temperature optimal for sleep. Our fitted sheets fit smoothly over a crib mattress and provide a soft cozy base for your baby to rest on.

 

Winter brings dry air, made worse by the heating systems we use to keep our house warm. This dry air can cause discomfort and waking during sleep by irritating sensitive airways, worsening congestion and coughs from colds, and creating flare-ups of eczema-prone skin. We highly recommend to consider using a safe-sleep vaporizer for optimal air humidity. The ideal temperature for a nursery whilst sleeping is 65-70 degrees.

 

Co-sleeping - safety aspects to be aware of with sleepwear

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the safest place for babies to sleep is: on their own sleep surface (i.e. in their own bassinet, cot etc), within sensory range of the parent (i.e. within range to hear, smell and be aware of the parent). There have been many studies relating to safety when sleeping on the same sleep surface as your baby. Not all parents elect to sleep with their baby, however if you breastfeed and lie down with your baby, it’s highly likely you may drift off to sleep. Therefore, ensure you to have a safe bed sharing environment in advance:

 

  • Sleep baby on their back at all times
  • Ensure they are clear of adult bedding, including blankets and pillows.
  • Factor your own body temperature when considering what to dress baby in for sleep.
  • Position your baby so they can’t fall from the bed, but be mindful that babies can become trapped between the mattress and wall.
  • If you have long hair - back parents’ long hair
  • Do not allow baby to sleep with animals or other children

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