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Safe sleep recommendations for grandparents

Last Modified: October 25, 2019

Women & Children

Safe Sleep and Grandparents

Grandparents are known for spoiling their grandchildren and letting them get away with things their parents won’t, but jokes aside, few people in the world will unconditionally love and care for a child like a grandparent. In fact, grandparents often come equipped with years of experience, an abundance of patience and have earned the trust of the baby’s parents, above all others.

If you’re a new or expecting grandparent – congratulations! It’s truly a special adventure you’re embarking on with your grandchild, a life-long bond filled with wonder and excitement. While the general mechanics of caring for a baby will never change several things may be different since you had your youngest child, including the pediatric recommendations for safe infant sleeping.

Grandparents play an important role in a child’s life. That’s why it’s vital they learn all they can about keeping their grandbabies safe. Take the quiz below to see if you’re prepared to promote Safe Sleep practices with the ones you love.

Question No. 1

A baby should always sleep on his

  1. tummy so he won’t choke
  2. back
  3. side

B. Babies should always sleep on their backs. Babies are much less likely to experience Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) if they are on their backs. Don’t worry about spit-up. The anatomy of the neck will allow it to simply drain back into the baby’s belly.

Question No. 2

Bumper pads in the crib

  1. help keep the baby comfortable and warm
  2. are a suffocation hazard
  3. should only be used until the baby can pull to a standing position

B. Bumper pads are a suffocation hazard! Don’t use them!

Question No. 3

Which of the following should not be present in a baby’s crib?

  1. Stuffed animals
  2. Fluffy blankets
  3. Pillows
  4. All of the above

D. The only cute thing in the baby’s crib should be the baby. Keep everything else out.

If you’re interested in learning more and brushing up on your skills, consider taking a grandparents’ class. For more information or to sign up visit Parkview’s classes and events page.

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