3 surprising dangers for your baby

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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/]