Guest posting: How to Keep your Baby Safe during the Night!

Tips for Keeping Baby Safe during the Night

In the many discussions I’ve had with new parents, I’ve found that one of the most worrisome times of day for these parents, are the hours when they have no control over the baby; when both parents and child are asleep during the night. During these sleeping hours so much depends upon the baby’s environment: Crib Safety, Proper Bedding, and Room Temperature. These concerns are well founded, and can be alleviated somewhat by considering the following cautions.

A New Crib is a Safe Crib

Don’t use an old crib. The family heirloom crib that granny slept in may have great emotional value, but it could be very dangerous for your baby. It could have lead paint in the finish, slats may not be properly spaced, and it may be structurally unsound. A new crib that meets current government standards should be your only concern. If there is a family heirloom offered, use it in the nursery as a display table for the baby’s stuffed animals and toys. That way, granny will be pleased and the baby will be safe.

Crib Bedding Safety

Once you have a proper crib, your biggest concern for the baby’s immediate surroundings while sleeping is the crib bedding. The most important bedding item is the mattress. It should be firm and it should fit snugly into the available crib space. There should be no gap around the edges between the mattress and the crib sides. You should not be able to insert more than two fingers between the mattress edge and the crib side. This ensures that the baby cannot roll into and become trapped in a wider space.

The second most critical consideration is the sheet covering the mattress. It should fit tightly on the mattress. Never use a flat sheet with edges folded underneath the mattress. They will come loose and endanger the child. Use fitted sheets with corner restraining straps under the mattress, or preferably pillowcase style sheets that slide tightly over the entire mattress. Cotton material is preferred to minimize the presence of pesticides or other chemicals.

Dump Bumpers

Despite that fact that tradition has favored the use of crib bumpers to decorate the sides of the crib while supposedly protecting the baby from bumps, don’t use them. Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown them to be a danger, even deadly, in a number of cases. For a time, the standards allowed for the careful use of bumpers provided the tie cords were properly attached and dangerous spaces and gaps were eliminated. That is no longer the case. Recommendations from the government and from pediatrics organizations advise that they be no longer used. Be sure; be safe; don’t use bumpers.

Maintain a Safe Nursery

Positioning of the crib in the nursery is extremely important, especially during the night when the baby may wake up unsupervised. Babies love to climb; don’t give them anything that they can use to facilitate climbing. Move the crib away from windows, walls with picture frames, curtains, or any other objects that the baby can use to pull up on.

It’s important that the baby be located close to you during the night so you can hear if there is any disturbance or problem. Years ago, it was common for the baby’s crib to stay in the master bedroom during the period of infancy. This is not always possible today, but thanks to electronics, you can install a baby monitor enabling you to hear every move and sound coming from the nursery.

Make it clear to everyone, that the nursery, and your home if you’re smart, is a no smoking zone. Second hand smoke is thought to be a factor in SIDS. This is not a risk that any responsible parents would wish to take.

Put Baby to Bed Properly

Assuming that you’ve followed all the suggestions and have a nursery and sleeping accommodations for the baby that are as safe as possible, there is only one more safety measure for you to consider; and that is how you place the baby in the crib for a night’s sleep. We’ve all seen movies where the mother places the baby lovingly on his stomach and gently rubs his bottom until he falls asleep. There is no question that this is an emotional moment, but it’s now known to be fraught with danger for the baby. Always place the baby into the crib on his back. Laying the child on his stomach, as described above, is a potential cause of SIDS.

Make sure that the temperature of the room is comfortable for the baby. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the temperature is acceptable simply because you are comfortable. It’s the baby that’s important. If he is bundled up snugly, he may not need as much heat as you enjoy. Take his clothing and bedding into account when you adjust the temperature in the nursery for nighttime sleeping.

Resting Easy

There are so many details that are important to the safe rearing of a baby. Experience shows that the baby requires the same level of watchfulness and safety precautions needed during the day. If you follow the suggestions given above, your baby will be as safe as is humanly possible, and both you and your child can rest easy during the night.

Hi, I’m Christine Allen from Livesnet, a site devoted to helping people find the perfect baby gears for their needs, and offer tips on daily problems. I love to write about baby product reviews and parenting tips. Why not visit our website to see my hot reviews on Davinici Kalani 4 in 1 crib and Kidsline baby bedding.

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  1. Samantha says

    This is a really great post. It is amazing all of the things that we need to worry about after baby is born. These are such helpful tips!

  2. Tethered Mommy says

    Great tips! I don't know why they even sell crib "bedding" anymore. Sure it looks cute but once the baby is born you just have to keep it out of the crib!

  3. Jayne Townsley says

    I used bumper pads with my kids but that was before they were noted as a safety hazard. They dress up the crib but I would NOT use them now.

  4. Kathleen says

    I've seen lots of people still using bumper pads, they don't seem to care of the risks! Great article!

  5. Kay M says

    Great tips! So many things that were common place when my children were small, have proved to be so dangerous. It was a different world then!

  6. Mommy's Sippy Cup says

    This was actually me last night!! We are in the process of building a house, so we are staying in an apartment right now. Seeing as how it's supposed to snow, it is beyond cold right now….but the cold is wafting into my son's room. I went in a tried to bundle him more with blankets, but then kept thingking crap! What if he can't move? So that's when a 1,00000000 scary thoughts ran through my head. A call went into maintence first thing this morning :)

    Great tips!!! Really good :)

  7. Melinda says

    i love products like swaddles and halo sleep sacks, they remove the need for blankets but keep babies toasty warm especially in the winter.

  8. Darcy says

    It's amazing most of us are here lol our parents did a lot of this stuff without realizing there were risks until years later. Yet some still do these.

  9. Candice says

    Great tips. My SIL even mentioned layering PJ's. So put light cotton PJ on first and then layer with a larger fleece PJ.

  10. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says

    These are great, great tips! I have sent this link to my cousin who is having a baby very soon!

    Thanks again!

  11. Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle says

    Great post – my best friend and I were just talking about this – I'll have to share this post with her. :)

  12. Amy says

    Great tips.. THanks for sharing.. My little one started rolling around and scared me.. He now sleeps on his tummy because he rolls that way. The doctor said if they do that then it is fine.. But I still watched he is still in his pack and play for now.. Put him in his crib and he rolled and got his arm stuck in his crib. But no bumper so he would be fine but still he get stucks so he is still in my room.. Too funny.. Round Robin is this Friday if you want to join in..

  13. Lisa says

    It's amazing how many things you need to worry about with a little one! This post is a great resource for new moms!

  14. Becky says

    This is a good list of all the 1st choices pediatricians would enforce if they could. However, I think it's fine to just be smart about it. If you want to use an older crib or drop-rail crib (I use drop-rail), make sure the slat openings are narrow enough and the crib is very solid, not rickety. Be sure the mattress fits snugly. I do use a tight-fitting bumper, as my little ones like to lean against it. As much as I want them to be safe, I also want them to be cozy. As for blankets, I LOVE the wearable kind, like the Halo SleepSack.

  15. Christine says

    I am so happy that you guys love the post. As I can't reply to everyone here, I'd like to say thanks to all of you,especially Melissa. Thanks for giving me the chance.:) If anyone of you want to know more useful tips or baby product reviews, please visit our website. I am sure it won't let you down.

  16. Hanan - Lilac City Momma says

    Great tips! For the bumper one, I highly recommend getting a BreathableBaby Crib Liner instead!!

  17. Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! says

    All great tips! Everybody wastes money on bumpers, and you shouldn't even use them. I didn't even bother with my girls!

  18. blueviolet says

    I have been scolding my mom for years that she can't use that ancient crib for her grandbabies anymore. It's not safe! I always brought along a travel crib rather than use it.

    I didn't know about the bumpers though. Wow!