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Martha Jefferson Monday: What are the Best Tips to Make Sure my Baby Sleeps Safely?

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Most new parents are excited when the time comes to take their new little bundle of joy home from the hospital. There are important things to remember however, when it comes to making sure your baby sleep safely.

First up is location. The rule of thumb is to make sure your baby sleeps on their back. Experts also say that while it"s good to sleep in the same room for the first few months, your little one should have their own separate sleep space.

"It"s important that it"s in the crib, and no co-sleeping with the parent," said Melody Defibaugh, RN.

In addition you should take out all the "extras" that could clutter the crib.

"You want to keep the crib bumpers out, those are not needed. Also, stuffed animals and any kind of bedding are not needed - the baby swaddled is all you need," commented Defibaugh.

While it might be tempting to cuddle or snuggle up in bed for a feeding, or just to relax, the safer option is a rocking chair or recliner, as it provides a change of scenery and you are likely to be more alert and not tempted to doze.

Finally, in order to decrease the chance of sudden infant death syndrome, it"s good to offer a pacifier at bed time, and avoid smoking at all costs. It"s even important to work to avoid any smokers who might have residue on their clothes or hands from interacting with your little one.

For more information on this topic call Health Connection at (434) 654-7009.

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