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A new addition to the family is always a joyful moment for all. But the main question arises how safe is the environment for the baby? There are a lot of changes required to be carried out for the baby in the house itself so that the environment is safe for those developing years of the baby. Similar it when the baby is resting or sleeping. We would need to ensure that the area where the baby is sleeping is safe and has all the safety measure to avoid any risk of SIDS or any other sleep related issues. Below are certain tips on how one can create a safe sleep environment for the baby:

  • Babies should always be placed on their back while sleeping to avoid any case of sudden infant death which happens due to difficulty in breathing.
  • The baby can sleep beside the mother or in a separate crib but near the mother’s bed since they tend to wake up anytime and would need constant attention even while sleeping. Place the sleeping baby on a firm surface. Try to go for government approved cribs or cots which should be covered properly with fitted sheets. Avoid making the baby sleep on a soft surface such as couch since it can lead to SIDS or any other sleep related problems for the baby.
  • Cots for the baby is of utmost importance since it has to meet all the safety standards which make the baby sleep soundly without any trouble. Do not go in for costs which do not meet the baby sleeping standard requirement such as huge gaps wherein a child can be caught in, lead paint on the cost, low sides of the cot which can lead to the baby easily climbing over.
  • Avoid the use of car seats, swings or carriers as an everyday sleeping area for the baby.
  • Do not place any pillows, blankets, toys, or crib bumpers near the sleeping area of the baby. The crib should only contain a fitted sheet. There should be no gaps between the edges of the cot and the mattress placed on it since in certain cases it can lead to the baby’s head getting jammed. Use thin well-fitting mattress and avoid placing another mattress over an existing one.
  • Make the baby wear a one-piece sleeper clothing while sleeping. For the extra warmth and comfort make the baby wear swaddle and ensure that it should be below the neckline so that it does not cover the baby’s face. Do not make the baby wear clothing which would lead to overheating since overheating is also one of the causes of SUDI which also includes sudden infant death. Ensure that the baby’s head is uncovered which would thus allow the baby to cool down and also would not lead to overheating. If the baby’s hands and feet feel cool then there is nothing to panic about, it’s quite normal.
  • Ensure that the baby’s head is not covered by any other object or clothing.
  • Avoid making the baby sleep near an adult or on a couch alone.
  • Ensure that there is no one who smokes near your baby’s bed since it can cause harm to the baby and lead to fatal sleeping accidents.

Below are certain products one can use to make the sleeping experience more soothing and comfortable for the baby:

Sleep sack snuggle: Minky provides a variety of options to choose from for a sleep sack so that the baby can snuggle in comfortably and have a good sleep. This sack very much resembles the cocoon wherein your little one would feel cozy as it was in its mother’s womb. The material of the wrap helps to provide a soothing effect once the baby is tightly wrapped in it. It also provides warmth as well as security. Minky blanket uses the best of the Minky fabric to prepare these so that it does not cause any discomfort to the baby’s skin. These wraps can be washed in the machine and should be dried at low temperature.

Swaddle Blankets: Swaddle blankets are one of the favorites for new parents to make the baby sleep in warmth environment. One can go in for swaddle blankets prepared form Minky fabric which is a soft breathing tricot cotton fabric which would keep the baby warm as well as it would not cause any itching to the sensitive skin of the baby. The ribbon ties on the blanket are safely located at the sides to avoid the same going into the baby’s mouth. The sleeves and the bottom flap completely cover the baby. It is also termed as Hug Blankets. These blankets help the baby to relax and slow down its movements.

Blankets: Usually for infants, a blanket is not advisable since during the movement the blankets can get over their head and since babies are unable to carry out any activity on their own it can lead to choking and any sleeping accidents. Hence blankets can be started for the baby when they can move around or above the age of one year. The baby blanket designed by Minky’s is made of soft fabric to keep the baby warm and comfortable. Also, the fabric does not cause any kind of irritation to the soft skin which can lead to rashes. There are a variety of options provided by Minky when it comes to the selection of blankets. When it comes to blankets, it can also be used to wrap around the baby tightly so that it does not come off during the movement of the baby.

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