The ABCs of Safe Sleep:
On my Back
In a Crib
Safe Sleep Class:
Safe Kids Columbus Offers Safe Sleep Classes for parents/caregivers wanting to learn more about safe sleep and how a baby should sleep. This class is offered to everyone HOWEVER; if you do not have a separate safe sleep area for your baby to sleep and you are enrolled in some type of financially screened program such as WIC, MCD, or Peachstate you could be eligiable to receive a FREE pack n play if you attend the class
More Safe Sleep Tips:
As a general guide, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing baby in no greater than one layer more than an adult would wear to be comfortable at the same temperature.
There are no recommendations for or against mittens, but they are not necessary. Scratching is not a concern when nails are kept short.
Babies should not sleep with hats/hoods on due to the risk of overheating/suffocation with the exception of newborns in the hospital that cannot yet regulate their body temp. Babies should be changed out of hooded clothing prior to sleep.
Some babies run warmer or colder than others. DO NOT overdress the baby. It is better for baby to be on the cooler side because overheating is a risk factor for SIDS.
Blankets should NEVER be used for babies under one year of age. The AAP does not mention introducing blankets until 18-24 months. We must note that bedding related deaths have occurred up to 24 months. Wearable blankets are advised to keep babies warm in lieu of blankets.
Parents and caregivers should touch baby’s chest, tummy or back to feel if baby is too hot or too cold. Baby’s tummy and chest should feel warm and dry, not sweaty or cold. Trunk temperature is an accurate representation of core temp. Hands and feet are normally cold in infants and NOT an indicator of core temperature.
AAP: “Bluish and cool hands and feet are normal on healthy infants, and the cool sensation of extremities likely do not bother baby at all.” (Last updated 2016)