The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents follow these guidelines to provide a safe sleep environment:
- Always place the child on his or her back for sleep.
- Place the child in a crib, bassinette, cradle or co-sleeper, never in an adult bed.
- Use a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and fitted sheet.
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- Don't place any soft bedding inside the crib.
- Keep the room at a comfortable temperature to prevent overheating.
- Never allow smoking around the child.
- Put the baby to sleep with a pacifier. If parents choose to co-sleep, Attachment
Parenting International advises the following:
- Always place the child on his or her back.
- Don't sleep with your baby if you're on any medications or have been drinking or taking drugs.
- Don't sleep with your baby on a couch, sofa, chair or waterbed.
- Use a large bed with a firm mattress that fits snugly against the rail or is flush against a wall.
- Do not use fluffy bedding or have stuffed animals in the bed.
- Place the baby next to mother, not between mother and father.
- Use safety measures such as side rails, bed extenders and safe placement of the family bed. Fill in any crevice with a rolled-up baby blanket or towel.
- Never leave a baby unattended in an adult bed.
- Do not allow baby sitters or older siblings to sleep with baby.