8. Keep Baby Cool
Don’t overload baby with too many blankets, clothing layers, or comforters while sleeping, otherwise excess material can become a chew and choke risk or it can cover baby’s mouth and nose during sleep.
9. Remove Pillows
Loose items like pillows are not safe in unsupervised cribs. In fact, they have been responsible for many suffocation deaths, and shouldn’t be used before your little one is passed one-years-old.
10. Choose a Firm Mattress
They might not seem a cushy and comfy, but a firm crib mattress will ensure clear airways and unhampered breathing.
11. Use a Sleep Monitor
A baby monitor attached to the crib (where baby can’t reach it) will alert you to any nighttime—including struggling if baby stops breathing.
12. Don’t Ignore Respiratory Issues
If your newborn has a cold, cough, or labored breathing, take them to a doctor or emergency clinic right away.
13. Keep the Crib Empty
When you consider that high carbon dioxide levels are linked to re-breathing air (and SIDs), it’s wise to remove all objects from the crib so they don’t get too close to baby’s face during sleep.