Baby Sleep – In a pram or stroller
It’s likely that your baby will spend many hours in their pram while you are out and about. Here are some tips to ensure they stay safe and comfortable in the pram.
The rocking motion and gentle sway of the pram will be a lifesaver for some parents. Many parents find it to be one of the only ways they can settle their baby off to sleep without having the arm and back breaking job of rocking them in their arms.
There is nothing wrong with a baby settling to sleep in the pram; however, it’s a good idea if they also learn to self settle in the cot.
- Ensure your baby is warm and facing away from draughts
- Use a fly net to prevent flies, mosquitoes and other bugs from irritating or biting your baby while they are asleep.
- Your baby can be wrapped if that is their preference, however ensure that you can still do up the 5 point safety harness.
- Don’t overdress your baby. A blanket or a Silly Billyz Sleeping Bag can be used to keep them warm.
- Make sure the seat and back rest are gently cushioned with a Silly Billyz Stroller Liner so that your baby is comfortable. Do not use pillows as they may create a safety issue.
- Adjust the seat recline to the lowest level to allow baby to stretch out.
- Try to position your baby so they are facing towards you when they are very young; they like to be able to see you and gain comfort from the knowledge you are just there.
- The pram or stroller you have selected needs to be able to meet the needs of your baby as they grow from newborn to toddler. This means have the proper seat settings for each age.
- Ensure your baby is supervised at all times when they are in their pram. Ideally, if you are at home, transfer your baby to their cot.
- Use a 5 point safety harness in the pram, even when your baby is asleep. They can wake up and wriggle out in an instant.
- Ensure the pram is well ventilated.
- Do not place a baby to sleep in a pram overnight. Short day rests, while supervised, is usually fine.
- Place your baby to sleep on their back in the centre of the pram.
- Ensure your baby’s head is not covered.
- Never hang bags off the handles of the pram as they may cause the pram to tip over.
- Double check that the folding mechanisms of the pram are secure.
- Ensure that the pram’s brakes are on securely.
- Do not use a pillow in your baby’s pram as it may pose a risk for suffocation.