75% - 80% of babies who die from SIDS are not sleeping in cribs (www.sidsillinois.org). Providing a baby-friendly sleep environment is one of the best ways to protect your baby from SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). A safe sleep environment for an infant consists of a safety-approved crib, a new, firm mattress, and a tight-fitting sheet. No toys, bumpers, feather beds, sheep skins, blankets, or covers.
Adult beds were not meant for babies. Babies are not only at an increased risk for SIDS in the adult bed, they are also 40 times more likely to die from accidentally suffocation or entrapment. This can happen from blankets, pillows, quilts, as well as other family members in the bed. The newer memory foam, or Tempur-pedic mattresses, can be especially dangerous because...
they ‘mold” to baby’s body and may occlude breathing. New parents may have impaired instincts, or fall into a deeper than normal sleep, due to medication used to relieve pain, or just plain exhaustion. Toddlers, as well as family pets, have poor spatial awareness, causing “overlay” dangers.
We recognize that close physical proximity to your baby promotes bonding, facilitates breastfeeding success, and often encourages better sleep for mom and dad. Consider room sharing, instead of bed sharing. Keep baby in the same room with you – in a safety approved crib or bassinet. And, remember to return baby back to his or her crib after feeding or changing the diaper. Babies soon learn to feel safe, happy, and secure in their crib. Additionally, this behavior promotes sleep training. Babies who are placed in their crib to sleep associate the crib with “sleep time”. Another big “plus” for parents.