Safety rules you should know when choosing a bed for your baby
From the moment you learn that you are pregnant, dreaming about which color to paint your baby's room, what to hang on the walls, how to create an environment where your baby will sleep peacefully with cute bed linen and a sweet cradle may have become one of your favorite activities. Indeed, baby room decoration and baby bed selection is one of the most entertaining parts of preparations to welcome your new member of your family.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as crib death, is a syndrome that causes babies who do not have any health problems to lose their lives in an uncertain, sudden and unexpected way. While it is not pleasant to think about this issue while making baby preparations, the more you know about the measures you can take to keep this syndrome, which is mostly at risk of 4-6 months, away from your life as much as possible… Because the life between the ages of 0-1 The effects of this syndrome, which ranks first among the causes of death of losing babies, halved in 1992 with changing safety recommendations.
Fortunately, the recommendations are not too complicated. Here is everything you need to know for your baby to sleep safely…
Share your room, not your bed
Spending the first six months after your baby's sleep in the same room is one of the recommendations given to reduce the risk of sudden infant death. More precisely, it cuts the risk in half. In addition to making it easier for you to be in the same room with your baby at night, to intervene early in case of a problem, it is also ideal for you to handle your baby's night feeding without opening your sleep too much. But we cannot say the same thing about sharing your bed.
Although there are different opinions among doctors from different schools, the American Academy of Pediatrics thinks that besides the pillows and blankets in your bed, you pose a risk because of the possibility of crushing your baby between your sleep. If you absolutely insist on sleeping in the same bed with your baby, there are no pillows and blankets in the bed, your bed is in a hard structure, not sleeping on a soft floor like a sofa, a drug or alcohol that may delay your waking up, not being under the influence of your baby or the person you share the bed with. Be careful not to drink.
Although it is quite normal for babies to fall asleep in the stroller, car seat or kangaroo, you should lay them in their beds at the first opportunity instead of leaving them in this position for long periods of time. Even though car seats are safe for short sleeps due to the angle they provide in the car, they cannot say the same thing for them to spend long nights sleep while you are not awake.
Just bed sheets in bed
The only thing to find in your baby's crib is a tight rubberized sheet and a hard mattress.
This means that in all baby stores, we need to stay away from pillows, blankets, mattress protectors, plush toys, and most often crib borders that get our eyes patterned. Although it is not safe how it works, you can think of these accessories as widely sold, but the sale of crib borders in countries like Canada and New York, Chicago, Maryland as well as in Canada has been banned since 2011. New states and countries are joining this day by day. While cradle borders are preferred by families to prevent moving babies from hitting their heads to the cradle edges, these accessories are among the items that doctors have been facing for years due to risks such as babies getting stuck on the ropes, reducing the oxygen entering the cradle and falling down from the cradle in slightly larger babies.
'Safe lying pillows', also known as reflux pillows, which promise a safer sleep for your baby by its name, are also on the list of items that are not safe to be found in your baby's bed. Although there is no evidence that it reduces the risk of infant death, they are not considered safe because they actually direct them to a position other than the safest sleeping position, which is the sleeping position.
Of course, the time you need to be careful does not take forever. Your child, who is promoted from a cot to a cot, can now use pillows and blankets, usually between 18 months and 3 years old. But it is useful to stay away from the crib borders even if they are older.
Lay your baby on his back
This topic is one of the most controversial issues about babies among generations. Grandmothers and grandmothers may insist on putting babies face to face against the risk of vomiting and flattening of the skull. Because their timely recommendations were in this direction. However, you should always consider the current recommendations and lay it on your back at night and at noon so that your baby can sleep safely against risks such as suffocation, overheating, ear infection, nasal congestion, and fever.
Sometimes parents may find it safer to lay babies on their side in cases of vomiting or reflux. But this position is also not safe for babies who can easily roll to the prone position. Respiratory anatomy and gag reflexes of babies will protect them against the danger of vomiting while sleeping in the supine position. Although the flattening of the skull is a problem that can be solved much more easily compared to other risks, it can be eliminated by spending the hours your baby is awake by playing 'on the belly' and turning its head in another direction while lying on your back.
After your baby (usually between 3-6 months) has learned to roll on his own, you can leave it that way if he goes into prone position during sleep. But still, until you are one year old, keep lying on your back every time you leave it on the bed.
A single exception can be made in some upper respiratory conditions. In this case, your doctor will already guide you.
Fight your instinct to cover your baby
As we mentioned above, the only thing that should be in your baby's bed should be a bed sheet. Yes, this includes blankets and covers. Blankets and layers of clothing are not recommended, not only because of the risks of entanglement and obstruction, but also because of overheating.
It would be appropriate to lay your baby in only one layer of overalls at normal room temperature. Even if you are concerned about your baby's cold in very cold weather, wearable blankets or a thin swaddle that is tied neatly and tightly will be the safest choice. During swaddling, make sure your baby can breathe comfortably and move his hips and legs. For babies that have started to roll, keep in mind that swaddling time is over.
One more note: The easiest way to measure if your baby is getting cold is to check if it's cold by touching your chest rather than hands, feet, legs and arms. If it's not cold enough to get your attention when you touch your chest, you don't have to worry about your baby getting cold. In addition, no matter how cute your baby is wearing for sleeping, it will be better to skip the hat and socks.
Pacifier is your friend, and breastfeeding …
Did you know that pacifiers, another controversial subject, reduce the risk of suffocation by keeping the airways open? If you are breastfeeding your baby, you should postpone meeting the pacifier until breastfeeding takes a routine, and both you and your baby feel comfortable. This period lasts about 2-4 weeks. But after this period, or if you are not breastfeeding, you can give your baby a pacifier. If he refuses, do not force it, you will offer it again from time to time and look at the situation. If the pacifier falls out of your mouth after sleeping, you don't need to try again.
There is no need to mention the general benefits of breastfeeding. Besides all the benefits, let's not mention that the risk of sudden infant death of babies who are breastfed between 2-4 months is 40 percent, and those who are breastfed for 4-6 months are 60 percent less.
What kind of bed should I choose?
Although it may sound romantic to give your baby a little overhaul and give it to your baby, unfortunately, it is not recommended due to antique cots and cribs, paints used, damages they may have received and changed safety standards. One of the most important reasons for this is paints containing lead that may have been used in cots that are more than 10 years old. Apart from that, cracked, broken parts also pose a risk.
When choosing a bed, there are several distances you need to take and measure the tape measure: The height of your bed should not be less than 50 cm and the distance between the bars should not exceed 6 cm. In addition, the overall height of your crib should not exceed 120 cm. If more than two fingers can get in the way after placing your bed in the bed, your mattress measures are not safe. In other words, the harder it is to change bed linen, the safer we can say.
Today, many baby cots can be adjusted in height. If you have preferred such a cot, it is useful to use it at the highest setting of your baby in the first months of your baby, and to lower it against the danger of falling when your baby can sit on his own or stand up (usually between 4-7 months).