Follow these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep your baby safe.
Sleep on their backs
Healthy babies sleep safest on their backs.
Why? When a baby is on his or her back anything regurgitated must work against gravity to be inhaled into the lungs. If the baby is on his or her stomach it is easier to choke.
Nothing in or over the crib
Do not place pillows, quilts, bumper pads, toys, or anything in the crib. This also includes mobiles over the crib.
Why? Soft objects and loose bedding in the crib increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, suffocation, entrapment and strangulation.
A great option for a blanket that provides the same warmth and comfort is an age-appropriate sleep sack. However, If your prefer a blanket, use a light blanket and be sure to tuck all sides along bottom half of crib, below babyís arms.
Why? Toys and other soft bedding, including fluffy blankets, comforters, pillows, stuffed animals, and wedges can impair the infantís ability to breathe if they cover his face.
Supervised tummy time during play is important to babyís healthy development.
Why? Having supervised tummy time allows babies to develop normally.