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Safe Infant Sleep Environment

What Does A Safe Sleep Environment Look Like?

safe sleep environment photo of a crib

You found out you were expecting! Of all the preparation you have to do one of the most fun ones is getting the baby’s room ready. Where do you start? While picking out a theme and buying all the newborn clothes will make your ovaries go into overdrive, the most important decision you will make is where to have your baby sleep. All babies should be sleeping in a safe environment. What does this look like?

I will post a visual below but here is the breakdown:

1) All babies should be sleeping in a safety approved (i.e. new) crib (or bassinette if they are under 3 months).

2) The crib should have NOTHING in it except a tight fitting crib mattress and a fitted crib sheet. That’s it, for real.

I know it is tempting to put in those cute stuffed animals, adorable bumper or the blanket that grandma crocheted for the baby but it isn’t safe. Babies can suffocate or strangle themselves on something that is in the crib. We all want our babies to be safe.

While we are talking about room environment, here are a couple more tips.

*The baby’s room should be dark (for more info see my article about “Maintaining a Good Schedule In The Summer Time”). Use blackout shades or blackout curtains. It does make a difference.

*The room should be cool. It should be between 68-70 degrees. You want to make sure that the room doesn’t get too hot, as this increases the risk of SIDS, plus is it uncomfortable.

With these tips your baby will be both safe and sleeping like a champ. Below is a visual of a safe sleep environment. Happy sleeping everyone!

©July 2018 by Erin Myrmel at Sleep Baby, LLC

Disclaimer: This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is being provided to you to educate you about sleep and as a self-help tool for your own use. It is not intended nor is implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or the health and welfare of your baby, toddler or child. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. For my full Disclaimer, please go to

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