3 surprising dangers for your baby

Things that can harm your baby aren’t always easy to spot. In fact, some of them are popular baby shower gifts. Keep an eye out for these three items that could place an infant at risk:

Blanket

Blankets work great for tummy time when you’re both awake, but putting blankets in a crib increases a baby’s risk of suffocation and SIDS. Loose bedding can cover an infant’s nose and mouth, and he or she doesn’t have the motor skills to turn away. Learn about sleep sacks and other safe alternatives to blankets. [link to  http://www.bootheelbabies.org/keep-babys-crib-blanket-free/]

Car seat

Sleeping in a car seat for more than one or two hours at a time places infants at a higher risk of suffocation and SIDS. Essentially, the upright position causes fluids to pool at the opening of the trachea, more commonly known as a windpipe. Find out more about the dangers. [link to http://www.bootheelbabies.org/blog/page/3/]

Soft bedding

This includes adult beds and furniture such as couches or recliners. As an infant moves during sleep, his or her nose and mouth could sink into the mattress or cushion, restricting breathing – not to mention the possibility of rolling off. And if they’re sleeping next to someone, that person could accidentally roll on top of them.

That old saying is the best policy: Better safe than sorry. Learn how to create a safe sleep environment for your baby. [link to http://www.bootheelbabies.org/safe-sleep/]


A quick guide for dressing your baby during winter

With colder weather coming, your infant may need some new clothes, especially since he or she is probably already outgrowing summer’s outfits. Here are the must-haves:

Inside

The best guideline is to dress your baby in one more layer than you’re wearing. For example, if you’re warm enough in a long-sleeved shirt, your infant likely needs a jacket too. Check periodically to make sure your child isn’t too hot. He or she should be warm to the touch but not sweaty.

Outside

Follow the one-more-layer rule when your baby goes outdoors. On especially cold days, deck him or her out in a snowsuit, hat and mittens to combat the elements.

At night

Resist the urge to cover your child with a blanket, since doing so increases his or her risk of suffocation and SIDS. Sleep sacks keep your baby toasty without covering his or her nose and mouth. Thicker fabrics, like fleece, are best during winter. Learn about other ways to keep your baby safe at night. [link to http://www.bootheelbabies.org/exactly-safe-sleep-surface/]

In the car

Like a crib, covering your child’s car seat with a blanket places him or her at risk for suffocation. Thick winter coats can also be dangerous, since they make car seat straps too loose. The best way to keep a baby warm in the car is by putting a fleece one-piece over his or her clothes.

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