Infants and young children don’t always want to sleep, so when they do, you’re probably tempted to just leave them be. As tempting as it may be to leave your baby in their car seat to nap, it’s not a safe place to sleep. Carriers, car seats, swings, bouncers, and other sitting devices puts infants and young children at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Young children that are left unsupervised, whether they’re awake or asleep, can easily get themselves into situations where suffocation and death are at risk. Especially young infants you aren’t able to lift and control their head yet. Carseats, swings, and bouncers can have straps, but straps don’t always keep babies from getting into dangerous positions. Straps can also cause strangulation.
The safest place for babies and young children to sleep is in a crib, on a firm mattress, without pillows, blankets, or toys. Infants should be placed on their backs to sleep. Side and belly sleeping can only increase the risk of suffocation. If you are concerned about your baby being cold, dress them in warm onesie pajamas, or a wearable swaddle blanket.
In order to truly keep your baby or young children safe, you need to make sure their child care center practices SIDS prevention too. Children’s Campus understands the severity of SIDS, and take any and all precautions to avoid suffocation, injury or death. We want our parents to know that their children are safe when they are at Children’s Campus, so we encourage parents and prospective parents to let us show you around our 5-star child care facilities. Our friendly staff will walk you around and tell you all about our processes for keeping your infants and children safe.