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Safest sleeping positions for baby

Safe Sleeping Positions for Baby

For first-time moms and even experienced moms, the topic of the safest sleeping positions for baby is one that can bring up many questions. Does sleeping on their stomach increase your baby’s chance of suffocation? Does sleep on their back decrease their risk of SIDS? Aeroflow Breastpumps is here to help answer all the questions you have about the safest sleeping positions for your baby.

An online publication by healthychildren.org cites The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation of back only when considering safe sleeping positions for baby.  Babies placed on their backs for sleep have a decreased risk for experiencing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is the number one cause of infant deaths in the United States.  In addition to placing your baby on his or her back for sleep, you should remove stuffed toys and pillows from the crib area.  Items such as these can block a small child’s airway if baby burrows in them as a result of movement during bedtime.  A firm crib mattress covered by a sheet is the safest bedding.

It is also important to keep the temperature in your baby’s room comfortable, and take care not to place baby near air-conditioning or heating ventilation, open windows, or other drafty sources.  Use sleep clothing such as a one piece sleeper with no other covering as an alternative to blankets.  For an extra layer of warmth when necessary you can utilize a wearable blanket sleeper or sleep sack.

Pacifiers may also decrease the occurrence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Never force the child to take the pacifier, and if breastfeeding, wait until three of four weeks of age before introducing a pacifier to ensure breastfeeding is well established. In order to promote healthy muscle and cranial development provide baby with tummy time during waking hours when you’re supervising.  If you desire your baby to be closer to you while sleeping you can place baby in a bassinette next to your bed or near you while you are working at home.  Certain health conditions may require alternate sleep positions for your baby, and if that is true for your child, your healthcare professional will make that recommendation.  However, without specific guidance from your child’s pediatrician, you should always position baby on his or her back when sleeping.

Another interesting correlation is the decreased occurrence of sudden infant death syndrome among breastfed babies.  Breastfeeding yields a lot of developmental benefits to include cognitive development for babies, and studies show that children who are breastfed are also less likely to experience SIDS.  If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you should know that you likely qualify for a double electric breast pump through your insurance policy.  To find out if you can own a double electric breast pump without any out of pocket cost to you submit your details here.  An Aeroflow Healthcare Breastpump Specialist will contact you within five business days to communicate your insurance policy guidelines and breast pump options with you.

Aeroflow Healthcare also offers more than just breast pumps through the Aeroflow Mom and Baby online store.  Visit them today to view the wide selection of breastfeeding supplies, Boppy pillows, nursing bras, and more!

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