Safe Sleeping

SUGGESTED Guidelines for Parents and Nannies

Tibetan Care recommends that parents and nannies read and discuss A Childcare Provider's Guide to Safe Sleep, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This document provides critical information avoiding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Children are at the greatest SIDS risk from 1 month to 1 year, and most common in kids 2-4 months old.

Parent/Nanny Collaboration

Please discuss the importance of consistently following the "back to sleep" guideline. If a baby is used to being on her back and then placed on her stomach by another caregiver, the chances of an incident are much higher.

The safest sleeping position for a child is on his/her back, not on the baby's stomach or side. Don't worry if the baby rolls onto her stomach by herself during the night. This ability usually starts at 4-7 months.

Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

  • Place baby on a firm mattress IN A CRIB OR BASSINET (not a bed or even a child bed).

  • Do NOT use bumper pads in cribs. There should be no loose space at the edges of crib mattress.

  • Remove fluffy blankets, stuffed toys and pillows from crib (don’t even put quilted blanket under baby)

  • Avoid mother-child bed sharing; also avoid infants sharing bed with other infants. Place crib in parent's room if possible.

  • Maintain room temperature above 68 degrees (don’t overheat the baby)

  • Provide a smoke-free environment

  • kids who use pacifiers may have fewer SIDS cases. This has not been proven but an association has been found.

  • Kids who sleep on their backs may get a "flat head" where the skull meets mattress. To avoid this, parents and nanny should do more “tummy time” play with child (both parents on stomach) while she is awake during the day.