We get it: You'll do anything to help your baby sleep. (Who could blame you?) But white noise machines may have an unexpected downside. Here's how to reduce the risk.
It’s a mother’s instinct to keep her baby safe and warm. Yet, despite frosty outside temperatures, resist the urge to overbundle your baby or to keep the nursery too warm: Several studies show that overdressing and overheating increases the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While it's natural to want to keep your baby cozy, being too warm is actually a risk for SIDS because your baby needs to be able to lose heat to regulate her system.
Just like us humans, cold viruses are indoors this time of year instead of chilling outside, so they get lots of opportunities to infect us. Infants are especially susceptible to the common cold because they haven’t developed resistance to most of the viruses that cause them. That’s why the most recommended cold-prevention strategy—washing hands frequently—is especially important for anyone handling your baby, says Kenneth E. Katz, M.D., a pediatrician in Littleton, Colo.
An average of 26 children suffer a crib-related injury every day in the U.S. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and sound:
Get a Crib with Fixed Sides.
If you’re considering buying a secondhand crib be aware that safety standards issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2011 prohibit the sale of drop-side cribs. Their use has been blamed for 32 deaths in the past decade, mostly because they’ve led to suffocation and strangulation.
I’m 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and the suspense over having to wait even another day to see my son’s little face and hold him in my arms is making me seriously restless.
There is a battle brewing about a staple in parents' baby-care arsenals: swaddling.