• Make sure that your mattress is firm and fits tightly in the frame.
• Sheets should fit your mattress snugly.
• Loose pillows, soft blankets or heavy
duvets/comforters should be kept away from your baby’s face.
Consider using a sleep sack to keep baby warm instead of sharing a
blanket with him.
• Always place your baby on his back or his side to sleep.
• No one who shares sleep with your baby
should drink alcoholic beverages, take drugs, be exceptionally obese,
smoke, or be on medication that makes him or her less alert.
• Consider keeping your young baby next to his
mother only, because mothers seem to be especially aware of their
babies in bed.
• Keep an adult between any older child and your baby under 2 years of age.
• Consider using a crib or commercially available “sidecar”next to the bed.
• Make sure the sides of the bed are either
tight against the wall or far enough away from the wall that your baby
can’t become trapped. You can also use a bed rail on the side of the adult
• Keep the bed low to the ground, maybe even on the floor, to minimize any falls.
Sources: Good Nights by Jay Gordon, MD and Maria Goodavage and Sweet Dreams by Paul Fleiss, MD