June 23, 2022
Insider reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recently made a significant update to its infants’ guidance on safe sleep. This is the first guideline update since 2016, which states that putting babies to sleep in a flat position contributes to a lower risk of death from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Since the number of babies that die from SIDS is still alarming, with roughly 3,500 babies dying each year, the AAP felt the need to incorporate changes into their guidance on preventing sleep-related deaths. They backed up their decision by emphasizing the recently gathered evidence, which clearly highlights the importance of the baby’s sleeping surface being flat, and not inclined.
The newest AAP directives went into effect on Tuesday, and apply to infants under one year old. The guidance lead author, Rachel Moon, further emphasized the warning against parents or siblings sharing the bed with the infants. She also advised against using bedding and blankets, as well as toys, no matter how well you’ve cleaned them. You’ll probably also notice that improving your baby’s sleeping environment may reduce the frequency of them crying during sleep.
How to Choose the Right Crib Mattress
Most parents spend a lot of time looking for the perfect mattress before they start putting their infant to sleep in their crib. And if they are to follow the recent AAP guidelines regarding the baby’s sleeping surface, there’s an easy way for them to test whether the mattress is adequately firm by pressing their hand down on it. If after you lift your hand, there’s a visible indentation, then the mattress is too soft, and you should look for a firmer one.
Aside from its firmness, here are some other factors you should consider when purchasing a crib mattress:
No two mattresses are the same, so make sure you check the most crucial features, including water resistance, breathability, ease of maintenance, etc.
The majority of crib mattress covers are designed to fit standard US-sized cribs. What varies is the thickness of the mattress. This is why it’s important to search for brands that offer the mattress thickness you want.
Some crib mattresses come with their own covers, while others don’t. Most of the time, covers or mattress protectors that come with the mattress have special features designed to improve the user experience.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to what you can afford. Take a look at all the available options and choose the one that best meets both your demands and your finances.