Updated AAP Guidelines on Safe Sleep

The American Association of Pediatrics is constantly adapting it's suggestions for children's health in the United States to better fit the modern family.

November is child safety awareness month, making sleep safety a topic and concern worth discussing.

The AAP this year brought new conclusions regarding sleep safety to light and drew focus on some of the hidden dangers involved with bedtime for baby. 

The risks for SIDS and sleep safety is no new topic for the AAP, however this year they turn their attention to the soft and cuddly textiles in your baby's crib.

Soft Bedding Warning

The 2016 AAP safe sleep guidelines report on the risks of soft bedding in a baby's crib. Soft textiles like blankets, pillows and toys create a big problem and increased risk of suffocation and SIDS.

A baby's crib should be mattress only and a fitted sheet, with no quilts, decor or anything that may become unattached and wrap around the baby. A great alternative to blankets is the wearable sleep sac that combines the functionality of a onesie with the leg room and warmth of a sleeping bag. These little pajamas zip on and stay put through chilly nights without the risk of any blankets getting tangled around your baby's face, neck, arms or legs.

Co-sleeping and using pillows as a "bumper" in bed with parents is extremely dangerous, allowing pillows to accidentally cover baby's face or body.

Soft Surfaces

Even when there are no blankets involved, the AAP mentions the massive risks associated with letting your baby sleep on the couch. Co-sleeping on the couch with your baby is particularly dangerous, creating the risk of your little one getting stuck in the cushions of the couch and suffocating against the adult or the couch.

Babies should sleep on a supportive and firm surface on their backs to keep their spines aligned properly and avoid suffocation or damage to sensitive organs.

How can a postpartum doula help keep your baby safe during the night? 

Drowsy parents means more opportunity for mistakes, and your postpartum doula is available overnight to make sure you are getting periods of restful sleep to avoid dangers like parents falling asleep while feeding their baby. Doulas take over the newborn care during the night, routinely checking on baby and their sleep position.

Our doulas are well versed in AAP recommendations and safety standards, ensuring your little one is receiving the best newborn care. 

Keep in the loop with AAP safety standards and ensure your home and care routine is as safe as can be for your precious little.