How Not To Let Your Baby Get Too Hot or Too Cold

Overheating can increase the risk of SIDS. Babies can overheat because of too much bedding or clothing, or because the room is too hot.

  • When you check your baby, make sure they’re not too hot. If your baby is sweating or their tummy feels hot to the touch, take off some of the bedding. Don’t worry if his hands or feet feel cool. This is normal.
  • It’s easier to adjust for the temperature by using lightweight blankets. Remember, a folded blanket counts as two blankets.
  • Babies don’t need hot rooms.  Keep the room at a temperature that’s comfortable for you at night. About 18°C (65°F) is comfortable.
  • If it’s very warm, your baby may not need any bedclothes other than a sheet.
  • Even in winter, most babies who are unwell or feverish don’t need extra clothes.
  • Babies should never sleep with a hot-water bottle or electric blanket, next to a  heater or fire, or in direct sunshine.
  • They lose excess heat through their heads, so make sure your baby’s head can’t be covered by bedclothes during sleep periods.

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How To Keep Your Baby Comfortable and Asleep

Some babies have difficulty settling while lying on their backs, so wrapping can be a useful method to help them to settle and stay asleep. Wrapping has been shown to reduce the amount of crying time and episodes of waking.

  • Ensure your baby is wrapped from below the neck to avoid covering the face.
  • Sleep  with his face uncovered  with no soft toys, pillows etc
  • Use only lightweight wraps such as cotton or muslin to prevent overheating
  • The wrap should not be too tight as this may interfere with physical development
  • Make sure your baby is not over dressed under the wrap. Loose wraps can be hazardous as they can cover the baby’s head and face.

The wrap needs to be firm but not too tight. Techniques that use tight wrapping with legs straight and together increase the risk of abnormal hip development. Allow for hip and chest wall expansion when wrapping.

Most babies eventually resist being wrapped. This is usually around the age of six months. An alternative to wrapping is to use a safe infant sleeping bag.

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How To Do Tummy Time With Your Baby

Tummy time is good for babies as it strengthens neck, shoulder, back and arm muscles. Your baby can also see the world from all angles which helps brain development. Tummy time also prevents ‘flat head’.

When your new baby comes home start tummy time. A few minutes lying tummy to tummy with you or holding your baby on your shoulder or on your chest is all that is necessary. Do it 3 times a day. Your baby may be a little unsettled at first but he’ll soon work out the simple pleasure of it.

When your baby is a little older you can place him on a mat on the floor and place a rolled up towel under his armpits.  If he is propped up on his elbows he will be able to lift his head quite easily.

Your baby loves to watch your face so get down to his level and interact with him – grab a toy  and play with him or sing to him.

Never leave your baby alone or unsupervised on his tummy as he may fall asleep or his airways could get covered.

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How To Sleep Your Baby Safely

  • Pillows are not recommended for children under two. They can increase the risk of suffocation,
  • Ensure the cot or crib sides are completely raised whenever the child is left unattended in the cot.
  • Don’t leave toys in the cot that can be used to climb over the cot sides
  • Don’t use bumpers around the cot and make sure the cot complies with all safety standards
  • If you have blinds with cords in your baby’s room make sure they are secured out of reach

There are FIVE main ways to reduce the risk of SIDS:

1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or the side

2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered

3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after

4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day

5. Sleep your baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as you  for the first six to twelve months

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