Sleeping safely for your baby: The guidelines

Sleeping your baby safely is very important. Because even during the sleep of your little one, dangers lie in wait such as cot death. You can reduce the risk of cot death if you follow the tips of the Baby Safety Committee. Read all the tips for this safely sleep your baby. At the bottom of this page I made a short summary or checklist so that you can get it at the beginning.

Main pillars to prevent cot death

SIDS can occur in children from 0 to 2 years old. Your baby suddenly dies in his or her sleep while your child was just healthy. A true nightmare for parents. In recent years there has been a lot of research into cot death. Researchers have come to the conclusion that the chance of it is many times smaller if your baby:

  • Sleeping on the back

    If your baby sleeps on the back, the face is pretty free and the chances of suffocation are much smaller. Especially newborn babies should always lie on their backs at night. You can sometimes put your baby on the stomach, but only if you are there yourself and when your baby is awake. When your baby can turn around or roll over quickly and well, your baby can determine the sleeping position.

  • It does not have too hot

    A baby who is too hot can get into trouble. Therefore, make sure that the temperature in the baby room is between 16 and 18 degrees. After the first few days, your baby does not have to wear a hat while sleeping, which is far too hot. The head must be free. Feel in the neck of your baby whether it feels comfortable. If it is too hot, see if you can take some clothes off or exchange the blanket or sleeping bag for a sheet. Make sure the clothes and other fabrics are made of cotton, this fabric breathes and do not dress your baby too hot.

  • Provide a sleeping bag or blanket

    Let your baby sleep in a well-fitting sleeping bag or under a blanket: so no duvet!

  • Do not come into contact with smoke

    By this we mean cigarette smoke. Never smoke where your baby is and watch it on the road or if you are visiting somewhere. Whether you smoke or not at home, regularly ventilate the room where your baby is sleeping.

What is the best sleeping position for babies?

For small babies the best sleeping position is on the back. When your baby is awake you can put him or her on the stomach (under supervision) so that your baby learns to rotate and move better. In order to ensure that your baby does not get a crooked head from the same sleeping position (on the back), it is good to have your baby turn left one time and the other time on the right. You notice that your baby likes to look at something while sleeping, then turn the whole bed so that your baby can lie on the other side of the head.

Newborn baby sleeping bag or blanket?

Never use a duvet for your newborn baby. A duvet is often far too hot and your baby can get entangled in it. Choose in the first months for a sleeping bag (best choice) or a blanket that may be in a duvet cover. Make sure that the blanket is just as big as the cover and that the cover is so large that you can put it at the bottom and sides at least 10 centimeters under the mattress.
Only a blanket or sheet (in the summer) is also possible. Then make the bed short and make sure the feet are against the foot end. The safest choice is a sleeping bag.

It should not be like that!

When to sleep in a sleeping bag?

If your baby is more agile, such as pedaling with the feet, then it is good to switch to a sleeping bag. But you can also use a sleeping bag right away until your baby is 2 years old.

Actually, the sleeping bag is already the safest option in the first months!

4 Reasons why your baby's safe sleeping is promoted by a sleeping bag:

  1. Your child can never come with the head under the bedding.
  2. It is more difficult for young babies to roll from the back to the belly with a sleeping bag.
  3. Your baby can not be exposed.
  4. It is difficult to climb out of bed.

This is how you buy the right sleeping bag!

A sleeping bag can help your baby sleep safely, but it is important that you buy the right one.
Note the following points:

  • Crucial: The sleeping bag must fit well, so not too big or too small.
  • Look at the arm holes and the hole at the neck. These should connect reasonably well and leave no room to crawl into the sleeping bag.
  • Check whether your baby can stretch the legs. If your baby can only lie with crooked legs in it, the sleeping bag is too small.
  • The arm holes and neck opening should not be too tight.

Look here for a large collection of sleeping bags for babies!

Allow your baby to sleep in their own crib or cot

Sleeping with your baby in the parental bed is not wise, especially in the first 4 months. The chance that your baby suffocates under your heavy blankets or pillows is quite large. Whether your baby falls out of bed or you accidentally roll on it.
So always let your baby sleep in a crib or cot. In the first half year it is good to put the bed as close as possible to your bed. Nowadays, pull-out beds and co-sleepers are available. These are safer than sleeping with your baby in your bed and can also be used as an independent crib.

But really safe sleeping of your baby is really in your own crib or bedstead. If you are going to buy a crib or bed please pay attention to the following points:

  • If there are bars, the distance between the bars must be between 4.5 and 6.5 centimeters. A larger distance is dangerous because the head can get trapped between them.
  • Make sure that there is a firm mattress without bumps and potholes.
  • The mattress must fit well in the bed without large gaps on the side.
  • Do not place pillows, head protectors or stabilization rollers in the cot.
  • Do not put soft toys in the cot or plastic.
  • It is better not to use a tarpaulin. If you want to, do not put it under the head of your baby.

14 Tips for safely sleeping your baby

Below in short the checklist for safe sleeping of your baby:

  1. Put your baby on the back.
  2. Put your baby in a sleeping bag or under a sheet and blanket.
  3. Let your baby sleep in their own crib or cot.
  4. Make the bed short.
  5. Make sure there are no pillows, head protectors or cuddly toys in the bed.
  6. The distance between the bars of the bed is 4.5 to 6.5 centimeters.
  7. There is a firm mattress in the bed.
  8. The mattress fits well in the bed without big cracks on the sides.
  9. Check regularly in the neck if your baby is not too hot or too cold.
  10. The temperature in the baby room is 16 to 18 degrees.
  11. The baby is not in the smoke.
  12. Let the room ventilate regularly.
  13. Do not give your child any medication that he or she will go to sleep or who will sedate you. So no cough drink. Always consult your doctor if you are going to give your child medication.
  14. Never hold your baby in bed with a belt, belt or stabilization rollers because you think this prevents rolling over. Your baby can just get stuck in a belt or belt. Preferably use a sleeping bag to prevent rolling over.

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