Safe Slumber: Sleep Tips for your Baby

Updated Feb. 9, 2022

Your baby’s sleep needs changes as they grow. Newborns sleep about 16 hours a day, usually 3 to 4 hours at a time. Don’t be surprised if your baby can only stay awake for an hour or two. Over time, a baby gets into a sleep pattern and will start sleeping longer. To keep your baby safe while slumbering, here are some safe sleep tips to keep in mind.

On the back.

Until the age of one, you should always place your baby on their back every time they go to sleep. It is not safe for a baby to sleep on their tummy. Make sure you are using a flat, firm surface like a crib or a bassinet.

Where should your baby sleep?

Don’t share a bed with your baby. Bed-sharing is the most common cause of death in infants younger than three-months-of-age.

A clutter-free bed.

Be sure to keep crib bumpers, loose bedding, toys and other soft objects out of the crib. Remove any hanging window cords or electrical wires near where your baby sleeps to prevent them from getting tangled and possibly choking.

Make your baby comfortable.

Dress your baby in light sleep clothing. Remove any strings or ties from pajamas and do not cover their head. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you. If the room is too warm for you, it will be too warm for your baby.

Using a pacifier.

Give your baby a pacifier for naps and at bedtime.  Pacifiers can help protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS, which can cause the unexplained death of a baby, usually while sleeping.  If you’re breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to wait until your child is a month old before using a pacifier.

If you have any questions about your baby’s sleep habits or any other health issues, schedule an appointment with your child’s Legacy pediatrician by calling 832-548-5000 or vising our website.