Create a safe baby sleep environment
A safe baby sleep environment is crucial to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden
infant death syndrome, also called cot
death or crib death).
Sleeping safely also protects your
baby from injuries
and ensures the best
Thanks to the clear guidelines
below, it is easy to put your little one to bed safely.
As a parent, your child's
safety is a priority for life you took up when you first
held your baby. Or probably even when you realized you were pregnant.
In any case it is a great responsibility that we do not take lightly.
Fear or panic never help though. The best way to go about your family's
safety is with
Note: All guidelines on these pages
are based on international health and safety regulations from reports
by governments, health and sleep research associations.
A safe bed ...
A safe crib:
- is the first step towards SIDS risk reduction
- keeps your little one from falling out of bed and
- allows for the best sleep for your baby
When looking for a safe baby sleep place, remember to
follow these crib
the risk of SIDS
or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is the
cruelest thing that can happen to a newborn. It is defined as the
unexpected and unexplained death of a baby during her first year.
Cot death and crib death
are two terms referring to the same syndrome.
Thanks to clear and effective guidelines, the number of cot deaths has
decreased significantly over the past decades.
What we can do? It is important to know what
and what the guidelines for preventing
are. These include important notes on smoking
and info on the recommended sleeping position
. This allows to reduce the risk of SIDS as
A monitor can be a good help towards safe baby sleep. It
allows you to check on
without walking into her room. That means,
without waking her up unnecessarily from that precious sleep.
Whether to use a monitor or not, is a very individual choice
Some parents can't imagine doing without, others simply don't see the
All depends on how you prefer to keep an eye your child(ren) and on the set-up
of your house - who sleeps where and how far from each other ...
It's good to keep in mind that a monitor is just a thing
, it is not
capable of judging and can fail. So there is one rule of thumb
No monitor can ever replace a
checking on the baby.
There are different types of monitors:
original type that allows you to hear when your child wakes up and
cries. With some, it is possible to hear her breathing, which
is a check we so often want to do.
With a video option you can actually see what your little one is up to. This can be
interesting and allows for a good check without needing to walk into
A SIDS, movement or breathing monitor, can alarm you when it
does not detect breathing on your baby.
differ widely on this one as it can have parents worry unnecessarily
and is not 100% fail-proof.
It is sometimes advised for higher-risk babies.
See the monitor overview
for full details and recommendations for each type.
Creating a safe baby sleep environment is not difficult.
A few simple gestures and habits can make all the difference and ensure
safe nights for your precious little boy or girl.