Safe Sleeping Tips for Baby

The first few months with baby are often described as sleep-deprived, but one thing that shouldn’t keep you up at night is worrying about your baby’s sleeping environment.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) kicked off a SAFE SLEEP campaign earlier this year to educate parents and caregivers on how to provide a safe sleeping area for your child. For more information, visit www.cpsc.gov.

In light of baby safety month, we thought we’d share a few of the CPSC’s tips (and a few of our own), on how your baby can get to sleep safely (and you can rest easy too):

- Never use a playard or crib for more than one child

- Never leave a child unattended and always keep your child in view while in their playard

- Place infants to sleep on their backs

- Use a firm, tight-fitting mattress

- Never use extra padding, blankets or pillows under baby

- Remove pillows or thick comforters

- Positioning devices are not necessary and can be deadly

- Regularly check crib for loose, missing or broken parts or slats

- Do not try to fix a broken crib

- Place cribs or playards away from windows to avoid window covering or fall hazards

Do you have other sleep-related safety questions? Ask them here and we will do our best to answer them. Sweet Dreams!

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9 Responses to “Safe Sleeping Tips for Baby”

  1. Wendy Thomas September 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Great advice. Remove the word “crib” from it and that would provide a safe sleeping environment for every child, even those who are lucky enough to cuddle up with mom every night. The same safety rules apply to the bed sleepers. No extra pillows, get a firm mattress, don’t have the bed where your baby can be hurt by a fall, have your baby sleep on their back, don’t use anything around them but your own body.

  2. Janelle September 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    We bought the Fisher Price Rock’n'Play Sleeper for our son. It is approved as a bassinet for night time sleep. However, he looks all crunched up while in it, with his chin on his chest. We’ve stopped using it and just moved him to his crib as it seems safer. Any thoughts?

  3. Kelly Voelker September 27, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Hi Janelle, We can’t speak for products outside of Graco, but we usually recommend that swings are used for supervised sleeping, and bassinets or cribs are more appropriate for sleeping for longer periods of time. I would say that if he looks “scrunched” though it might be better to wait for him to get a little older before he naps in a swing. Hope that helps!

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  6. Janna McLaren August 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Hi I am looking for a site that will allow me to check on the “expiry” date of a playpen…thanks

  7. Kelly Voelker September 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Hi Janna – We don’t have expiration dates on our playards. Let me know if you have other questions! Thanks.

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