Ensuring A Safe And Comfortable Sleep For Your Baby

Tips and products to help your little one get the safest sleep possible

If you're lukcy, babies sleep for the majority of their days during the first couple. While we may be able to keep a watchful eye on them during their daytime naps, it isn’t possible to keep tabs on them all the time and at night when we need to sleep, too!

With SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) being a very real issue that can affect our tiny babes during their first year, we want to do all that we can to keep them as safe and comfortable as possible when putting them down to sleep. Fortunately, there are many products that are made with baby’s wellbeing in mind so that both you and your little one can sleep peacefully. From selecting a crib that meets Canadian safety regulations to investing in technology that can monitor your baby’s breathing, these safety tips will ensure a good night’s sleep for both parent and child.

Crib or bassinet

It is advised that the crib or bassinet be in your bedroom and within arms reach for at least baby’s first 6 months, which allows you to respond to any issues as quickly as possible. When selecting this furniture, ensure that it complies with the current Canadian safety regulations. Keep in mind that it is unsafe to place bedding (other than a fitted sheet), pillows, toys and other crib accessories in the crib, as they can interfere with baby’s breathing (baby should not sleep in your bed for similar reasons).

Summer Infant Classic Comfort Wood Bassinet, $180

The Land of Nod Carousel Crib, $599

Sleepwear

Dress your babe in a lightweight sleeper for shut-eye sessions to keep his body temperature normal. We like cotton one pieces for warm nights and footed pajamas for when baby needs a bit of extra coverage. Sleep sacks and wearable blankets are also great, safe options, as are thin swaddle blankets.

Petit Lem Sleeper with Bear Print, $18 | Lulujo Bamboo Muslin Wrap, Blue Kites, $17 

Pacifier

There seems to be a correlation between pacifier use and a decreased risk of SIDS. The soothing device literally “soothes” baby and can contribute to a more restful sleep with less movement. This practice can also keep baby’s upper airways clear due to the tongue’s position and can increase the respiratory drive. Be sure to remove any cords and clips from the pacifier for naps and bedtime, as these can cause strangulation.

Philips AVENT BPA Free Soothie Pacifier, 1-3 months, $6 for 2 | MAM Crystal Silicone Pacifier, 6+ months, $13 for 2

Mattress

Always place baby to sleep on his back on a firm mattress rather than soft, cushioned surfaces such as couches, waterbeds and regular mattresses. While supervised tummy time is encouraged daily during playtime, placing baby to sleep on his tummy can interfere with breathing, especially when sleeping on the latter types of surfaces.

Safety 1st Infant to Toddler Mattress, $80 | Simmons Beauty Rest 3.0 Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress, $300

Fitted Sheet

Cover the crib’s firm mattress with just a fitted sheet—there is no need for other sheets, comforters, bumpers or any other crib décor that could possibly get in the way of baby’s breathing during snoozes. Select a fitted sheet that meets current safety standards (there are a lot of cute options out there!).

Lolli Living Phinley Fitted Crib Sheets, Aqua Chevron, $25

Cuddletime Counting Stars Single Crib Sheet, $13

Breathing Monitor

Keeping track of baby while she sleeps goes beyond video monitors with these gadgets that keep tabs on baby’s breathing. The Owlet gadget comes in the form of a Smart Sock that baby wears when sleeping. It monitors her heart rate and oxygen levels—if anything is outside a normal range, both the base station and your iPhone or Apple device will receive sound alerts. Similarly, this Angelcare system uses a Sensor Pad that is placed under the mattress to detect baby’s breathing while sleeping, as well as general movements and sounds. These and similar devices are all great tools for keeping your little one safe during unsupervised sleeps.

Owlet Vitals Monitor, $249 USD

Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor, $78

Room Thermometer

A room thermometer informs you of the temperature of baby’s room so that you can make adjustments as needed. We like these cute options that give you an at-a-glance look at the temperature, as well as visual cues—both glow blue when the room is too cold or red when it is above the optimal temperature.

Aden & Anais Serenity Star, $100

Gro Company Gro-Egg Baby Room Thermometer, $45

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