Now is the perfect time to hang a mobile above your baby's crib. Place it within his range of sight and a little off center to make it easier for him to see. Stick to a simple and black-and-white mobile since your baby is too young to distinguish between complex designs and colors. Remember that your baby will be looking at the mobile from below, not from your eye level. Just make sure that you hang the mobile far enough out of reach so that your baby's jerky arm movements don't accidentally pull it down.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant, which remains unexplained after a postmortem examination, according to the American SIDS Institute. Since the launch of the "Back to Sleep" campaign in 1994, the number of SIDS-related deaths has dropped dramatically. The major thrust of the campaign is to persuade parents to place their children to sleep on their backs during the first year of their lives.
In addition to putting your baby to sleep on his back, these suggestions may help to prevent SIDS:
- Put your baby to sleep on a firm, flat mattress.
- Do not place soft bedding or toys in your baby's crib.
- Provide a smoke-free environment for your baby.
- Be sure that your baby does not get too warm while sleeping.
- Breastfeed your baby.
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