There is nothing more important than the safety of your baby. Your baby is not able to take care of himself and is absolutely dependent on you. A simple mistake of you can harm your child and even can cause him discomfort. In the review of “Pediatrics study”, it is revealed that 13% of the infant deaths are caused by sleeping in unsafe places. 11 million children face this every year. Though most of the reasons are related to the health issues yet the uncertainty is remarkable.
Children from 1 month to 1 year are at the most risky zone. Accidental deaths by suffocation, wedging, smothering or being trapped by someone while sharing a bed are very much common issues for kids. Most of these accidents occur due to sleeping in places that are not safe for children. Sometimes the reasons for these events remain untold but the reasons are very much sensitive. You better know about SIDS in details before knowing about the unsafe places.
What is “SIDS”?
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is commonly seen among children in between 1 month to 12 months. The first policy statement regarding how SIDS can be reduced was released by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) almost 17 years ago. The study recommended that babies should be put to sleep on their back. Since then parents are conscious about putting their babies on the back and the rate of SIDS has decreased by 50 percent. Side sleeping is not fully approved by AAP. Another recent recommendation by AAP was published in 2011 which recommends staying away from the market products assuring you to keep your baby away from SIDS. Besides, overheating is prohibited strongly. Taking care of your baby isn’t the only thing he needs rather his safety issues must be there.
3 Unsafe Places for Your Baby to Sleep
Infants are the ones who require caregiver all day long. Is your little one still having naps in the crib? If so, you cannot stay so sure about his safety either. The list of unsafe places for infants is way longer than the safe one. You better have a look at the dangerous places for the little ones.
Your couch or other furniture
It is found that babies roll up in one position on the couch and then they fail to roll back. Thus he may fall from there and any kind of accident may take place. If there is anyone besides your baby to take care of him or watch over him, that might be another case. In case of other furniture, the same method should be followed. Your baby may fall from the couch and get hurt. Pediatrics study revealed that 13 percent infant passing accidents occurred to the ones who slept on couch or chair. Once your little babe knows the movement of his body, this won’t be any problem at all.
Car seats outside any vehicle
When you are carrying your baby, car seats do help you. Car seats are considered perfect and comfy for naps but never for a long hours. When your baby is having a nap at car seat, there must be someone to look after him. If you are eager to know further, then you should know that car seats are one of the unsafe places for your baby to sleep. And if you think of using it outside a car then the suggestions is negative. Yes, there might be babies who are using them and still going good but there is no logic of taking risks when it is about the life of your baby.
When your baby falls asleep in the car, the angle of his neck may not stay constant. It may change the directions of the car and thus your baby may face breathing problem in sleep. Since the baby stays in sleep, he wouldn’t be aware of the suffocation and thus this may cause his breathing difficulties. In some cases, the installation of the car seats for babies go wrong and causes difficulties. The study of AAP also reveals that highest number of the infants who die outside home are more likely to face difficulties in cars seats or strollers. It is difficult to place your sleeping baby to somewhere else once he falls asleep on car seats but you must make sure that there is someone to take care of him.
Baby bouncy seats for swings
Have you noticed the instruction manuals in the bouncy seat you buy for your baby? If the instruction is given like you can only use the bouncy seat when the baby is attended, then don’t leave your unattended baby with the bouncy seats. Bouncy seats are really great for babies because they are comfortable enough to let them play in that. Besides, you can stay sure that your baby is moving with the protection of the bouncy seat. But how much safe is that bouncy seat when a baby falls asleep there? It is revealed that bouncy seats are one of the unsafe places for your baby.
There is no extra protection for your baby’s neck on the bouncy seats. In that case, the head may come forward or may go in such an angle where the baby may face problem in breathing. Moreover, your baby may move somewhere unsafe with these bouncy seats. If you think like your baby will just need a nap in those bouncy seats, then you are free to allow them have it. But make sure that you are nowhere else but beside your baby. A baby girl of 3 months met the end of her life due to having an accident with bouncy seats. The story still carries a horror for the infants.
Again, babies love to play on swings. You may leave your little kid to swings thinking that he would stop crying. Yes, that does work every time but make sure that your baby is not unattended this time as well. Swings are fantastic places to have a nap for your baby but it is not good for having a long-term sleep. Just like the other unsafe places for your baby, this is another one. This is as risky as the other ones. This can also block the airways of your little guy and lead him to death.
Where is the safe place to sleep then?
AAP research has got the best recommendations for the safest places your baby may have. They recommend letting your baby sleep on his back. Now think where your baby can do this? Maybe his crib, right? If your baby is still sleeping in his crib then put him to his crib as soon as you realize that he needs to move to there. Does your baby stay with you? Another thing to warn is that, unless your bed is extremely safe for your baby and has a separate place for him, don’t share your bed with your baby. Let them sleep separately and assure that you can attend as soon as you smell his danger or discomfort.
Look at the products before you buy:
Read the instruction manuals carefully. They may instruct you-
- Warning: Don’t use for sleeping
- Never place inside a crib
- Only for use in a car or approved travel system
- Do not leave baby unattended
Read the instructions really carefully and follow them. It is better not to trust in every product you buy for your baby. There are some products that assure you the safety for your baby. You better stay careful and attend your baby as many times as possible. Besides these 3 unsafe places for your baby to sleep, there are much more places which are unsafe. They may get discovered with time and age. This is why staying careful about your baby is a must for each parent.