When you’re a new parent, you want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to keep them safe, healthy, and happy. There’s a lot you can do to ensure this. Placing your baby in a safe position when they sleep is very easy, but it can make a big difference to your baby’s health. Recent research from numerous worldwide studies has shown there is a connection between the sleeping positions of babies and sudden ɪɴFᴀɴᴛ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ, and the ʀɪsᴋ is greatly reduced if your baby sleeps on their back. And, a new study has ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟᴇᴅ that only 43.7% of the mothers in the ᵁˢ make their toddlers sleep on their tiny backs, or intend to do the same every time their happy camper decides to take a snooze break . The rest of them do not folʟᴏᴡ this safe and sound sleeping practice.
1. Is it safe?
Sleeping comes naturally to most adults, so it’s easy to underestimate how important it is for your newborn to sleep safely. But creating a safe environment for your baby to sleep in is one of the most crucial things you can do while they’re i.nfants. The safest position for a baby to sleep is on their back. Some people mistakenly believe that side sleeping is safer for babies who ᴠᴏᴍɪᴛ or have ʀᴇFʟᴜx, but this is ᴜɴᴛʀᴜᴇ. Babies with ʀᴇFʟᴜx are no more likely to ᴄʜᴏᴋᴇ when they sleep on their backs. Such ᴍɪsᴄᴏɴᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴏɴs could ᴘʀᴏᴠᴇ Fᴀᴛᴀʟ for the baby. So, as mothers you should be careful of the position your baby sleeps in.
2. Why is it safer for a baby to sleep on its back?
Oxygen levels: A baby sleeping on its stomach may be lying with its face so close to the sheets. The baby might re-breathe the ᴀɪʀ that they’ve already ᴇxʜᴀʟᴇᴅ, which could lead to ʟᴏᴡ Oxygen levels and ᴄᴀʀʙᴏɴ ᴅɪᴏxɪᴅᴇ ʙᴜɪʟᴅᴜᴘ.
To ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅ sᴜFFᴏᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ: Another possibility is that a baby can sᴜFFᴏᴄᴀᴛᴇ when sleeping on his or her stomach on a mattress that’s too soft and yielding.
Mᴀᴛᴛʀᴇss ᴍɪᴄʀᴏʙᴇs: It may be ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs for a baby to lie with its face against the mattress, which could ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀɪɴ ᴍɪᴄʀᴏʙᴇs that can ɪɴᴛᴇʀFᴇʀᴇ with the baby’s breathing. Aʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟʟʏ high ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴘʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ and ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ rate while sleeping
3. Should all babies sleep on their backs?
Your baby should always sleep on its back, unless you have been given ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴀᴅᴠɪᴄᴇ to the contrary. In rare cases, your baby may sᴜFFᴇʀ from a condition that means a doctors will advise you which position your baby should sleep in.
4. How to change baby sleeping positions
Some babies sleep better on their stomach or side. In fact, this is what can make these positions so ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs. Babies enter deeper sleep for longer and may be more difficult to awaken. They may not wake up if they cannot breathe or need to move.
So, consistency is the best technique to get your baby to sleep on their back. Swaddling your baby can help them feel more secure, which is one of the things they seek when they roll onto their stomach. Use a swaddling blanket until your baby is old enough to remove it on their own. Once this happens, which could be as early as two months old, you can use a sleeping sack meant for babies, which they won’t be able to take off. Changing a baby’s sleep position is to begin putting them to sleep on their back.
Parents and caregivers may need to help the baby slowly adapt to this new position by nursing them to sleep before bed, gently rubbing their belly, singing to them while they fall asleep, or rocking them. To make sleeping in a crib safer for your baby, avoid using blankets, comforters, or pillows. You should also keep their crib clear of other objects such as bottles, cups, toys, and teethers. It is best to focus on putting the baby to sleep on their back.