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October 02, 2020, Ilce Alexander
Creating a Safe Sleep Environment for Your Baby

I can remember when my son got sick I was scared and worried. As a concerned parent, I wanted to do everything possible to make his pain and discomfort go away. I gave him plenty of liquids to keep him hydrated. I also followed my provider’s recommendations when administering medication.

One of the best recommendations I was given by my pediatrician was to give my baby plenty of rest.

As much as you want to hold your baby when they don’t feel well and comfort them in your arms, you may tire and fall asleep on your bed or couch. To prevent a Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) follow these simple tips as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  1. Place your baby to sleep in a crib, pack ‘n play or bassinet.
  2. Always place them to sleep alone on their back and on a firm sleep surface.
  3. Use a fitted sheet and remove extra blankets from crib.
  4. Remove any pillows or soft toys from your baby’s crib.
  5. Avoid overheating or overdressing an infant.
  6. Do not put babies to sleep in siting devices for long periods of time. If they fall asleep in their swing or bouncer, put them to sleep in a crib, pack ‘n play or basinet.
  7. Room-share for the first 6 months up to 1 year of life.

If you would like to learn more about how to create a safe sleep environment or cannot afford a safe sleep environment for your baby, contact Ilce Alexander by calling 602-933-3393.

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