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How can I reduce my baby's chances of dying from a sleep-related injury?
I have poor heating in my apartment, and I don't want my baby to be cold in their crib. How do I keep them warm if I don't sleep with them or cover them with a blanket?
If you are worried about your baby getting cold, dress them in a wearable blanket, such as a sleep sack, or in another layer of infant clothing. In general, your baby should be dressed with only one more layer than what you are wearing. If your landlord does not address the heating issue, call 311 for help or visit the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development's website for more information.
My mother shared a bed with me when I was a baby, with no problem. Why should I do anything differently for my baby?
I don't drink or use drugs, so aren't I less likely to smother my baby in bed?
No. Innocent mistakes can happen. Even parents who do not drink or use drugs can accidently smother their babies in bed. Bed-sharing can be dangerous, no matter what your condition is.
How can I breastfeed my baby in the middle of the night if I can't bring him into bed with me?
Car seats are safety approved. Can they also be a safe place for my baby to sleep?
What if my baby rolls onto his stomach while he's sleeping? Do I need to put him on his back again?
Rolling over is an important and natural part of your baby's growth. Most babies start rolling over on their own around 4 to 6 months of age. If your baby rolls onto their stomach on their own during sleep, you do not need to turn them over onto their back. The important thing is for them to start off on their back.
However, swaddled babies are at high risk for suffocation if they roll onto their stomachs. Stop swaddling babies as soon as they start trying to roll. This usually begins at around 2 months of age.
What can I do to protect my sleeping baby from mice, cockroaches and other pests?