Are you looking for the right way to put your newborn to sleep?
Do you want to know the proper position in which you should place your little one to sleep?
Confused about whether you should let your newborn sleep flat or place a pillow under the head?
When you have a newborn baby at home, it is important to check about even the most regular of things. For instance, you may wonder if you have to be extra careful while you are helping baby to sleep, or helping them to lie down on the bed. You may be concerned about how to do it in such a way that it does not cause any pressure on your newborn’s neck. Most new parents go through these questions, so this article will help you find out information about your baby’s sleep position.
We will first talk about why it is so important that you place your newborn properly to sleep, and what could go wrong if the sleeping position is not right. Also, we talk about some situations when you may need to change this up a bit and also talk about whether or not it is safe to use a newborn pillow.
It is important that you place your baby to sleep on the back at all times, whether it is for a lengthy night time sleep or even for shorter naps during the day, as recommended by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP). This can prevent the risk of SIDS.
According to experts, under normal circumstances, the safest position to put your newborn baby to sleep is to let your baby lie on his or her back.
Of course there are situations when your baby may be in discomfort, and you may feel that it is best to let your baby sleep on the stomach position for the time being. Here are a few such instances in which your baby may actually find it easier to sleep if you place him or her in the stomach position for sleeping.
Most paediatricians and experts suggest that in order to keep your baby absolutely safe at the time of sleep, it is best that you do not use any pillows or sheets around your baby. This can help to reduce the risk of accidental suffocation that can increase the risk of SIDS.
If you really have to put your infant’s head to an incline during sleep time, you can try placing a very small and thin infant pillow right under your infant’s head. Most of these are shaped in such a way that they will fit right under your infant’s head. Alternatively, you can take a small and soft hand towel and place it in a folded position under baby’s sheet around the head area. This can also help to put your newborn’s head in a slightly elevated position.
While you could try these out, make sure you are constantly checking on your newborn to make sure they are sleeping safe.