Best Cribs and Bassinets

If you go in any baby store there are lots of baby crib and bassinet options of cute bumper pads and beautiful matching blankets. You can find them in any theme you want: jungle animals, princess, spider man, and many more. They are adorable.

However, as far as the actual sleeping space goes please remember that your baby's crib is supposed to look plain and boring.

A safe crib should really only contain a firm mattress covered with a fitted sheet. No bumper pads and no cute comforter!

The reason a boring crib is recommended is to help in the prevention of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). After years of research and many theories about the cause of SIDS, we still do not know the exact cause of SIDS but we do know some things which reduce the number of SIDS deaths.

The recommendations for safe sleep for the first year are:

1. Place babies on their back to sleep, both at nighttime and at nap-time. Research shows this is the only recommended position for sleep and it is known to reduce the risk of SIDS. Fewer babies die of SIDS when they sleep on their backs.

2. Place babies on a firm mattress in an approved crib. Do not put babies to sleep on soft mattresses, sofa, sofa cushions, waterbeds, sheepskins, or other soft surfaces.

3. Remove all fluffy and loose bedding from the sleep area. Make sure you take all pillows, quilts, stuffed toys, and other soft items out of the crib. Loose blankets increase the risk of entanglement.

4. Make sure the baby's head and face stay uncovered during sleep. Keep the baby's mouth and nose clear of blankets and other coverings during sleep. Research shows that some infants may have difficulty handling the re-breathing of their own air. Good ventilation around the baby's face has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of SIDS.

5. Do not let babies overheat during sleep. Keep babies comfortable during sleep, not too warm or too cold. Too many layers of clothing or blankets can overheat babies. Babies have difficulty bringing their body temperature down if they are overheated.

6. There should not be any loose blankets in the crib. Young babies sleep best when they are tightly swaddled to control their arms. When no longer able to be swaddled, sleep sacks work well instead of a blanket.

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