Safe sleep is one of the most important things for your baby and can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Here are some quick tips:
Make sure your baby is always on their back to sleep
Do not use blankets, pillows, or stuffed toys in their crib
Dress baby warmly and not in something loose or baggy
Make sure they are sleeping on a firm surface, avoid letting them sleep on couches or adult mattresses
Do not let baby sleep with you or anyone else
To learn more about safe sleeping check out this handout!
Handout provided by Billings Clinic
Tips to Help Your Little One Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important things for your baby's growth and development! But sometimes it can feel like one of the most challenging aspects of having a new baby. Here are some tips to help baby get some sleep:
-Wrapping baby (including their arms) in a tight swaddle may make baby feel more secure and prevent them from waking as frequently throughout the night. This strong input on their joints and body helps them feel safe and fall asleep.
-Sometimes having some type of background noise playing in your baby's room might help them sleep longer. It will limit the amount they hear going on outside their that might wake them or keep them alert. Use a fan (just not pointed towards baby) or a noise machine.
Do not them sleep so much during the day
-Baby is going to need naps throughout the day, but try to limit the length of them (especially as it gets closer to nighttime). This prevents them from getting overtired but also lets them reach a point when they want to sleep.
-If your baby has a wet diaper or requires feeding in the middle of the night try and keep all of the supplies you will need close by. This will limit the amount of time requires to gather everything, instead of allowing you to jump into action of changing them or feeding as quickly as possible.
-If possible, share the night-time needs. Let your partner sleep if possible and then let them take the next time your baby awakes. There is usually no need for you both to be with baby. This will help you both get some much needed sleep!