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Our Proven Safe Sleep Checklist

October 5, 2021

Sleep is a word that brings mixed emotions and means countless long nights for practically every new parent. We won’t beat around the bush when we say tackling nighttime sleep with your little one is no easy task. After a couple rough nights in a row, most parents will try just about anything to get some sleep (just ask our friend Maddie). 

When the going gets tough, most parents will reach out to friends or family for advice, search Google or Instagram for tips, or even try out a personalized sleep course. Regardless of what resources you follow to help Baby achieve a good night’s sleep, safe sleep for baby is always the number one priority. 

If you’re unsure of where to start or just need a refresher, we’d recommend taking a peek at our proven safe sleep checklist for babies 0-12 months old:

Crib Safety

Make sure your baby’s crib:

→ Doesn’t have bumpers

→ Doesn’t have any loose objects like blankets, pillows, toys, stuffed animals, etc.

→ Doesn’t have drop-down sides

→ Doesn’t have any gaps around the edges of the mattress

→ Doesn’t have slats more than 2 ⅜ inches apart

Does have firmly-fitted sheets on the mattress

Does have the recommended mattress height – click here to learn more.


Sleep Surface

Make sure your baby’s sleep surface is:

→  Flat (any elevated position is unsafe)

→  Firm (no cushions, pillow tops, or pads)

→  Clear of all loose objects (blankets, toys, stuffed animals, pillows, etc.)

→  Specifically labeled as a crib, play yard, or bassinet (sleepers, nappers, loungers, or any other named surfaces should not be used)

→  Their own space (no bed-sharing with parents or siblings)

→  At least 3 feet away from furniture, windows or cords



Your swaddling should be:

→  Snug around the chest, but still leave room for your hand to slide in

→  Secure 

→  Loose around the hips

→  Stopped when your little one starts to show signs of rolling



If you’re using a bassinet:

→  Transition away from the bassinet when Baby outgrows it. This can mean when they reach the weight/height limit or when your little one can roll out, sit or climb.

→  Only use the mattress sold with the bassinet.


Baby Tips

Your baby should be:

→  Placed on their back for the entire first year

→  Allowed to sleep on their tummy if they can roll independently

→  Without any bows or clips in their hair during sleep 

→  Given a pacifier for both naptime and bedtime

→  In a comfortable environment. Keep the room temperature between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, dressed according to temperature, in a room as dark as possible, and a sound machine between 50-60 dB.


Sleep Outside the Crib

If Baby is:

→  Being snuggled or held for sleep, the caregiver must remain awake at all times

→  Asleep in a car seat, swing, stroller, or carrier, your little one needs to be moved to a flat, firm surface as soon as you reasonably can, recommended by the AAP

→  Asleep in a car seat, it’s okay as long as the seat is installed properly in the car and Baby is properly buckled. Do not swaddle in the car seat. Do not use positioners, toys, padding, etc.

→  In a car seat outside of the car, the following must apply: 

  1. Baby must be buckled in 
  2. Baby’s face must be visible at all times to the caregiver
  3. Car seats should be placed in the upper portion of the shopping cart or in a stroller 
  4. Remove Baby from the car seat once you arrive at your destination


Learn from the best

Sleep is a tricky subject, especially for new parents. That’s why we teamed up with sleep experts and created Dream Lab, an interactive and fully online sleep training course. After taking an in-depth sleep assessment, Dream Lab gives you a customized sleep plan, interactive videos and live access to our sleep experts. It’s proven to lead to a better night’s sleep in as few as 7 days or your money back.*


*Refunds must be submitted within 15 days of registration.

**Disclaimer: Please follow the advice of your doctor and stay up to date with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.



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