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Tips to help your infant sleep well

  • Respond to your infant’s cues day and night. Learn the cues that mean your infant is tired, yawns, losing interest, quiet, whines more or eye rubbing
  • Aim for a flexible feeding and sleeping routine based on the needs of your infant. 
  • Establish a brief routine before bedtime and nap time so your infant will learn to associate the bedtime and nap routine with going to sleep. Choose a couple of activities like breastfeeding, bathing, telling a story, singing or massaging, etc.
  • Keep infant’s sleeping area comfortable with dim light and keep night time quiet.
  • Place your infant in their crib, cradle or bassinet to sleep. Over time your infant learns that this is the place where he sleeps.
  • Put your infant to bed when they are drowsy, this will help your infant to learn to settle and fall asleep by himself. 
  • If your infant is crying or fussing, comfort them. It will not spoil them! Your presence may be sufficient to help your infant fall asleep.

Recommended Safe Sleep Practices and Creating a Safe Sleep Environment 

  • Share the same room with your infant for at least the first 6 months. Place the crib, cradle or bassinet next to your bed.
  • Always place your baby on his/her back to sleep, at nap time and at night time.
  • Place your infant to sleep on a separate surface in an age appropriate crib, cradle or bassinet.
  • Provide a sleep surface that is firm and flat.
  • Pillows, comforters, quilts, stuffed animals, bumper pads, positional devices or other loose or soft bedding materials are strongly not recommended as they could suffocate or smother an infant.
  • Dress your infant in comfortable fitted one-piece sleepwear.
  • Ensure the room temperature is comfortable for everyone. 
  • Baby seats, swings, car seats, bouncers, strollers, slings and playpens are not safe places to sleep.

Additional Resources for Safe Sleep

By: Krista Guan and Tiffany Ho