Learning to fall asleep on her own
After the first few months, put your baby to bed when she is drowsy but still awake wheneveryou can. Cuddle or feed your baby to bring her close to sleep and then put her down inher crib. This will help her learn to fall asleep on her own.
Give your baby the chance to fall asleep in her crib or bassinet whenever possible. Whenbabies go to sleep and wake up in the same place, they learn that this is where they sleep.This helps them learn how to get back to sleep when they wake up at night as well.
Safe sleeping for your baby
Creating a safe sleep environment will help reducethe risk of SIDS and other causes of sleep-relatedinjuries and deaths. Here are some simple thingsyou can do to protect your baby in her first year:
Always put your baby on her back to sleep,every sleep, whether it is naptime or nighttime,or if you are at home or away from home. This isthe safest position for baby’s sleep.
Choose a safe place. Babies need a firm, flat, uncluttered surface for sleeping to reducethe risks of SIDS, being trapped or smothering. The safest place is a crib, cradle or bassinetthat meets Canadian government safety standards and that is put together and usedaccording to manufacturer’s instructions.
A safe crib (cradle or bassinet) is one that is in good condition and has:
•;a firm, flat mattress that fits snugly into the frame, has no rips or tears and is:
º no more than 15 cm ( 6 inches) thick for a crib
º no more than 3. 8 cm (11/2 inches) thick for a bassinet
•;a tight-fitting bottom sheet
•;slats that are no more than 6 cm (23/8 inches)
•;a sticker saying it was made after September
1986 (Health Canada advises against using cribsover 10 years old)
•;no pillows, bumper pads, plastic mattress covers,heavy blankets, quilts, sheepskins, toys, stuffedanimals or positioning devices (e.g., wedgesor rolls)
Your baby’s head shape
For information about how toprevent flat areas on your baby’shead, see pages 137–139.
If you have questions orconcerns about your babysleeping on her back talk to yourhealthcare provider.