Sudden infant death syndrome is extremely uncommon. But very commonly worried about. In the beginning you keep an eye on your baby all the time. Some parents even find it hard to sleep they’re so worried.
• Your baby sleeps safest on his or her back
The safest thing for your baby is, according to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, that your baby sleeps in his or her own bed. If you are like a lot of parents, you might prefer the baby sleep with you in your bed, which is tempting for three main reasons: it is incredibly cozy, it is handy if the child wakes and wants to eat, and there’s a high possibility for the baby to easily sleep safely without waking up on a regular basis when it’s close to you (body heat, scent, etc). The risk though is that you fall asleep and roll over your baby, lay an arm over the baby’s face, or that your blanket lays across the baby’s face. Our product the SleepCarrier can be used to prevent these things.
• Sleep in the same room as your child for the first year of life.
Best is that your baby sleeps in their own bed. However, if your baby sleeps in your bed, see that he or she always lays at the level of your head with you so that your blanket cannot lay over the baby’s face.
It is preferable that your child does not sleep in your bed, but still in your room. The American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization for pediatricians in the United States (with 66,000 members), recommends that infants sleep in the same room as their parents during the first year of their life.
• Avoid nicotine.
Do not use nicotine. Neither during the pregnancy or after. Research shows that nicotine makes it harder for the infant to wake up after stopping breathing, according to medical information. Infants periodically have breathing issues, so this is nothing strange.
• Breastfeeding and using a pacifier during the night have statistically been shown to minimize the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Studies have shown that there is a relationship between breastfeeding and reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. A theory is that it depends on breastfeeding reducing the risk of virus infections. Virus infections in turn increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Further studies have showed that the use of a pacifier during the night can minimize the risk of SIDS. The cause is still unclear.