Avoid Overheating Your Little One

When the weather gets chilly, it’s tempting to bundle up your baby. But too much extra material around infants could overheat them—which ups their risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For warmth, dress your baby in infant sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket, if needed. A rule of thumb: At most, use one layer more than an adult would need to stay comfortable.

Make sure there aren’t any blankets or fluffy bedding over or under your baby. And use a firm mattress with a fitted sheet.

Some other ways to help prevent SIDS:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep.

  • Consider giving your baby a dry, clean pacifier before bedtime.

  • Remove any soft objects or loose bedding from the crib. This includes pillows, stuffed toys, heavy covers, or bumper pads. These can block an infant’s nose and mouth and increase the risk for suffocation.

  • Have your baby sleep in your room, but not the same bed. Keep a crib, bassinet, or play yard close to your bed until a child is age 1.

 

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