A newborn's life is as simple as it gets. Newborns are dependent on their parents, or basically anyone who can take care of them, to fulfill their basic needs. It is normal for infants to get all fidgety when they are hungry, sleepy, or uncomfortable. It is important that parents, baby-sitters and all other people who take care of children, specifically infants, to fulfill their needs in the right manner. Here are some pointers on how to lay your infants down to sleep properly:
- Make it a point to ensure that whatever they sleep on is comfortable. A soft cushion, comfy blanket and their favorite stuffed toy may make it easier for you to get them to sleep. We all know infants are very delicate. Even newfound parents think twice about carrying their own bundle of joy for fear they might accidentally drop, mishandle or hurt the infant.
- There are important things one must know in handling an infant. When carrying one, it is a must to support the head and back at all times. You do not want to accidentally hit the infant's head on something or worse, break the infant's neck and/or back. An infant's skull is not fully developed right after birth. When it comes down to laying an infant, either to sleep or just lay there, it is as important to consider supporting the infant's head and back.
- Recent studies show that laying infants down on their stomach heightens the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S.). Also, excess of pillows or wrong placement of covers or comforters may suffocate a child. Be sure to at least give them enough room to move around but put pillows on either side of the child to prevent them from falling off the bed or from bumping their head on the wall (or walls of their crib).
- It is best to change a child's sleeping position to avoid the possibility of head deformity. Some children develop flat parts of their head when they are used to one sleeping position. Try a series of routines like laying them on their left side on one night, their right side the next. Whether they are lying on their side or on their back, just take note of the shifting cycle you apply. Certified Juvenile Products Manufacturers cribs, strollers, bassinets or baby car seats will add to the assurance of safe sleep.
- Although sleeping beside your child may make you feel more relieved, it is actually best to have them sleep on their own cribs or beds. This is to avoid any accidents such as sleeping on the baby or suffocating them.
Implementing such routines or cycles will eventually make a child used to them. Sooner or later, when they grow up, they will learn to do these routines on their own. It takes a matter of getting used to -practicing these things to easily lay children or infants down to sleep. Just put their safety first before anything else. A baby's life depends on the people who surround and take care of them.