It's getting chilly outside (and inside too) so your first thought may be that your little bundle needs extra bundles...
It's getting chilly outside (and inside too) so your first thought may be that your little bundle needs extra bundles at night and nap-time to stay cozy and warm. However, using extra blankets for a young baby is still a SIDS-linked risk, even when it's very cold. If it's extra chilly in your house, you should take steps to keep your baby warm that won't increase his risks for SIDS. For example, you can turn on a heater to warm up a room before putting your baby to bed. Keep in mind that the AAP recommends keeping all sleeping spaces away from major heat sources though, so make sure your bed (if co-sleeping) or your baby's crib is across the room from heater vents. You can also use a nice warm crib mattress cover that provides warmth without covering baby up. The proper clothing can go a long way towards keeping baby cozy too. A warm sleep sack or cute little footie pajamas are perfect and don't increase SIDS risks. You can also try a warm baby hat and socks. Remember, babies heat up quicker than adults. One warm outfit is fine, but multiple layers or heavy clothing, heavy blankets, and warm room temperatures are linked to increased SIDS risks, according to the National Institutes of Health. Other basic SIDS points to remember:
- Always put your baby on his back to sleep. No exceptions. The Back To Sleep campaign has saved countless baby lives.
- Never place your baby on his side to sleep — some studies report that this can double the SIDS risk.
- Give your baby a pacifiers as he drifts off. Recent studies show that pacifiers can reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Don’t ever smoke around your baby or let anyone else smoke around him.
- Keep all blankets off of your baby.