couple-at-hospitalBegin practicing safe sleep! Your nurse should be familiar with the importance of placing your baby on his or her back right from birth. If not, share your knowledge!

Remember, breast is best! Take advantage of this quality one-on-one time to introduce the breast and begin to establish breast feeding as your baby’s primary feeding method. Ask your nurse about resources within your hospital and community that can provide support to ensure success.

Swaddling

Experts feel that swaddling can be helpful for some newborns by making them more comfortable and secure when sleeping on their back. It may help ease the symptoms of colic as well. Take care to swaddle properly and securely, but not too tightly. Swaddling too tightly can compress your baby’s chest and make it hard to breathe. It can also cause problems with your baby’s hips and legs.  If you swaddle to loosely, the blanket can come loose and pose a suffocation or re-breathing danger to the baby. Swaddling can also cause your baby to become too warm. If you plan on swaddling your baby at home, ask your nurse to teach you how to swaddle safely and effectively.

Once your baby becomes wiggly and squiggly, it might be a good time to discontinue swaddling (usually 4-6 weeks.)