There is SO much information on safe sleep for newborns and babies and rightfully so! However, we don’t often hear about safe sleep for toddlers.
Toddlers are curious little creatures! If they are out of their crib and into a big kid bed, they have even more space to explore!
So, how can parents and caregivers keep their toddler safe in their bedroom?
- Make sure their bed is away from any objects with cords, ties or strings such as window blinds or electrical cords.
- Avoid having anything nearby that they can grab and pull or knock over into their bed. This includes picture frames, wall hangings, or any items that may be in reach on top of a dresser, etc.
- Make sure all furniture is anchored to the wall. This is a MUST for the whole house, not just the child’s bedroom. Children can be severely injured or killed by furniture falling onto them. You might think that their dresser is too big or heavy to tip over but with drawers pulled out and toddlers climbing, it can happen all too easily. You can find all kinds of furniture straps and wall anchors here: Amazon.com : furniture straps for baby proofing (not affiliated).
- If you are worried about your child leaving their room and their safety while wandering the house, you can consider a baby gate at their door or a door monkey/monkey latch. This can help keep them in their room where you know that they are safe.
- To prevent crib climbing, keep the mattress in the lowest setting possible. Avoid toys or stuffed animals that they can use as a step or leverage to climb out of the crib. A sleep sack can also help prevent crib climbing
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend having a blanket in their bed until at least 1 year of age. In my humble opinion, I still think this is too young and unnecessary. You can use a sleep sack if you are concerned that they are cold while sleeping.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend having a pillow in their bed until 2 years of age.
These safety guidelines should not only be followed at home but anywhere your child is staying and sleeping. Check with your daycare provider and family that they are following all safe sleep guidelines.
As always, if you are struggling with your toddler’s sleep, we would love to help you! You can schedule your free discovery call to discuss your specific sleep challenges and learn about how our services can support you and your family at http://www.beewisesleepconsulting.com/schedule