Baby Sleep Safety
Newborn babies shouldn’t be expected to sleep through the night from day one. They have tiny tummies that digest milk very quickly and if babies didn’t wake up when they needed feeding they would fail to get the level of nourishment required.
But there are some things you can do to help ensure a safe night’s sleep for your newborn. The Numours Foundation offers the following tips:
- You should never let a newborn baby sleep with plush bedding, blankets or pillows.
- You should put baby to sleep on her back to reduce the risk of cot death (sudden infant death syndrome).
- You should remove stuffed toys from the crib at bedtime.
- Every night you should alternate the side of baby’s head that she sleeps on. This prevents development of a ‘flat spot’ on a favoured side of the head.
Want to Learn more?
Check out our category on SIDS (on the left hand side of the page) because this contains a wealth of safety information for new parents.