One of the big milestones for expectant parents is getting your baby’s nursery ready. You might be setting up a whole room as a nursery, or a corner in your bedroom, but whatever it is, there is so much to plan, from the theme to colours and other accessories. Whatever you decide to do, you need to ensure you are creating a safe sleep space for your baby.
With so many opinions on what you should and should not do when creating a safe sleep space for your baby, there is only one rule to follow – keep it simple.
With a few simple guidelines, you will be able to create a safe and comfortable sleep space for your baby.
Do Not Cause Clutter
Fluffy teddies and other toys might seem so tempting to use to decorate your baby’s crib, as well as themed bumpers cots and duvets, but the best option is to keep it all uncluttered and simple.
Additional items added to the crib might pose as a suffocation hazard, so the following items should be kept out of your baby’s crib:
- Padded cot bumpers
- Extra blankets
- Loose sheets
- Stuffed animals
If you really want to have a cot bumper and decorative blankets in your baby’s crib, it is fine to do so, as long as you remove them when your baby is put down to sleep. The loose sheets and extra bits can be pulled over your baby’s face, and when they are little they cannot control their movements enough to get free.
Maintaining The Right Temperature
It is completely natural to worry that your baby is not warm enough at night, and we add on extra layers when we don’t really need to. The truth is that babies are pretty good at regulating their own temperatures, and need about the same amount of layering that we do. Overheating can be caused by too many blankets or clothes and is a contributor to SIDS.
The recommended room temperature for a nursery is 20-22 degrees Celsius, however, if you cannot control the temperature, you can dress your baby to suit the temperature.
The Right Mattress
When choosing a baby mattress, you should go with a firmer mattress. It will provide proper support for your baby, and reduce the risk of suffocation hazards, as it will not be too soft. The mattress should be kept on the lowest level of the crib as babies can be quite good at pulling themselves out of their cots from a young age!
Also make sure to keep items away from the crib, such as toys or cords, as your baby might reach out to grab them.
No matter what other mums (especially the older generations) tell you, your baby should always sleep on their back. Back sleeping helps to reduce the risk of SIDS, and babies should sleep on their backs during their day and night.
These tips will help you create a safe sleeping space for your baby, helping you worry less about them at night, and helping them achieve a more comfortable rest.