There's nothing more beautiful than welcoming your newborn baby home. As mother, it feels your heart with an indescribable love, protection, and awe as you look into their eyes for the first time. It may not be completely open however, the little bit that does shine through is memorizing. Whether planned or if they came as a surprise they still are a joy and a blessing to have. Bonding with your baby within the first two years of life have shown to be the most vital act a parent could provide or establish for an infant. The evidence on the role of loving nurture in the emotional, social and cognitive development of children is powerful.
With that being said, how important is it in learning the vitals skills, such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) needed to safe the life you just brought into the world. One of the most common deaths of infants under the age of one is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is an unexplainable death that usually occurs during sleep. Although there is no sure way of preventing SIDS these are some of the precautions you can take as a parent.
Back to sleep. Place your baby to sleep on his or her back, rather than on the stomach or side, every time you — or anyone else — put the baby to sleep for the first year of life. This isn't necessary when your baby's awake or able to roll over both ways without help. Don't assume that others will place your baby to sleep in the correct position — insist on it. Advise sitters and child care providers not to use the stomach position to calm an upset baby.
Keep the crib as bare as possible. Use a firm mattress and avoid placing your baby on thick, fluffy padding, such as lambskin or a thick quilt. Don't leave pillows, fluffy toys or stuffed animals in the crib. These can interfere with breathing if your baby's face presses against them.
Don't overheat your baby. To keep your baby warm, try a sleep sack or other sleep clothing that doesn't require additional covers. Don't cover your baby's head.
Have your baby sleep in in your room. Ideally, your baby should sleep in your room with you, but alone in a crib, bassinet or other structure designed for infant sleep, for at least six months, and, if possible, up to a year. Adult beds aren't safe for infants. A baby can become trapped and suffocate between the headboard slats, the space between the mattress and the bed frame, or the space between the mattress and the wall. A baby can also suffocate if a sleeping parent accidentally rolls over and covers the baby's nose and mouth.
Breast-feed your baby, if possible. Breast-feeding for at least six months lowers the risk of SIDS.
Don't use baby monitors and other commercial devices that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of monitors and other devices because of ineffectiveness and safety issues.
Offer a pacifier. Sucking on a pacifier without a strap or string at naptime and bedtime might reduce the risk of SIDS. One caveat — if you're breast-feeding, wait to offer a pacifier until your baby is 3 to 4 weeks old and you've settled into a nursing routine. If your baby's not interested in the pacifier, don't force it. Try again another day. If the pacifier falls out of your baby's mouth while he or she is sleeping, don't pop it back in.