2. Don’t Use Crib Bumpers
A little extra padding might seem like a good idea when it comes to preventing baby from various sleepy time bumps and bruises; these actually pose a strangulation risk.
3. No Tummy Sleeping
Baby might look adorable on her tummy. However, falling asleep like that can be dangerous because it makes breathing more difficult. Instead, lay baby to sleep on her back.
4. Butt Out Around Baby
Smoking during and post-pregnancy has been linked to increased risk of SIDs for newborns.
5. No Stuffed Animals
That stuffed giraffe or owl might look precious cuddled up next to your newborn. However, wings, legs and noses can fall off and become lodged in baby’s throat, cutting off their airway and resulting in choking death.
6. Don’t Sleep with Baby
Some parents can’t get baby to sleep without being nearby. However co-sleeping can be dangerous. After all, you can’t control movements during sleep and you could roll over and smother your child.
7. Put Baby to Bed with a Pacifier
Consider this—if baby falls asleep with a pacifier in their mouth; nothing else can get in there and choke them during sleep.
8. Keep Baby Cool
Don’t overload baby with too many blankets, clothing layers, or comforters while sleeping, otherwise excess material can become a chew and choke risk or it can cover baby’s mouth and nose during sleep.