Safe Sleeping Tips from The Baby Box

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When your baby is sleeping…

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved box or crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • For newborns, keep soft objects such as toys, crib bumpers and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • Give your baby a dry soother that is not attached to a string for naps and at night.
  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
  • Keep the baby’s sleep area (basket, box or crib) in the same room where you sleep for the first 6 months.

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Before the baby is born…

  • Look after yourself too: Get regular health care during pregnancy and do not drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs during pregnancy or after the baby is born.
  • When pregnant and after the baby is born, do not smoke. And – where possible – do not allow smoking around your bump or your baby.
  • If possible, breastfeed your baby, but it is advisable to research bottle-feeding too before the baby is born.

In general…

  • Follow health care provider guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups.
  • Give your baby plenty of Tummy Time when he or she is awake and when someone is watching.

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