Be informed — and rest easy
Likely the only time you'll leave your young child unattended is while he or she sleeps. The important thing is to make sure sleeping children are where they'll be safe and comfortable.
The safest place for an unsupervised baby to sleep is alone in a crib that meets current safety regulations. For the first six months, it is recommended you place your baby's crib in your bedroom.
Never put babies or young children to sleep in products that are not specifically designed for unattended sleep, such as sofas or adult beds. It is also not safe for babies to sleep for long periods of time in a seated position — for example, in a stroller or car seat. Sleeping babies' heads can fall forward and their airways can become constricted.
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Keep cords up high and out of reach. Cords on the side, inside, or back of the window covering are a strangulation risk for children.
Here are some of the most important things for parents and caregivers to know about children's safety when sleeping.
Creating a safe sleep environment for your baby will help him or her sleep safely and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Babies spend a lot of time in their cribs, cradles, and bassinets. To make sure yours is safe to use, check Health Canada's Consumer Product Recalls to find out about products that have been recalled.
Bunk beds are convenient and fun ways for kids to share a bedroom. To make sure your children enjoy their bunk safely, be clear with them about the "rules" of use, and check that the bed you own (or are thinking of buying) meets current safety standards.
It is very important to make sure a playpen is assembled correctly before using it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions completely, as well as guidelines regarding the weight and age of child the playpen is made for.
Children's sleepwear sold in Canada must meet strict flammability requirements that improve safety.