I'm All About That Bass(inet) Safety

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in {March, 2017} and has been updated for freshness and accuracy. 

Your newborn will spend 16 - 17 hours a day asleep; this makes it extremely important to provide a safe and sound sleeping environment. Room sharing is the best solution for keeping baby close while avoiding the dangers of bed sharing. A crib may be cumbersome to fit into your bedroom, which is probably brimming with new baby gear. Cradles and bassinets not only take up less space in your bedroom, but they also provide a cozier space for baby in their first few months. Bassinets are also portable, allowing you to keep a close eye on your sleeping baby - even if they only stay that way for 10 minutes at a time. Its size is well-suited for placing next to your bedside, making those midnight feedings a bit more bearable.

Keep baby safe from naptime to nighttime with these tips:

  • Always follow manufacturer's guidelines for weight and size
  • Be sure that legs are fully opened and locked before placing baby inside
  • Only use the mattress provided by the manufacturer - it should be firm and snug
  • Use a snug fitted sheet
  • Never add pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or any other extra padding
  • Baby monitors should be at least 3 feet away (Learn more here)
  • Always follow insctructions for bedside sleepers
  • Look for the JPMA certified seal which proves that a manufacturer has sample tested their product annually to an established standard

 

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