Importance of the sleeping environment

The importance of sleeping in a safe environment

The sleep environment is important for everyone, and this applies in particular to children.

What should you do to ensure that your child does not get too hot while asleep?

Babies do not need a hot room temperature, not even in winter. The temperature of the sleeping environment is best kept low: until the age of eight weeks,  20°C is sufficient and from the age of nine weeks 18°C is recommended. It is best to check the temperature on a thermometer rather than guessing it. Moreover, this advice applies not only to the bedroom but also to other rooms where the baby happens to be.

Why is soft bedding not safe for your baby?

Soft bedding can hinder your baby's breathing: when a soft material is moistened by saliva, vomit, urine or other fluids, the air permeability diminisches and this has an obstructing effect. Moreover, on a soft layer, the baby cannot give off as much excessive body heat. This results in a higher risk of overheating, which can lead to cot death. So it 's better not to put your baby on a soft cushion, a soft mattress or a soft mattress cover.

Why is it better not to sleep with your baby in one bed?

Put your baby near you but never put him to sleep in your bed. This is because an adult bed is more risky than a cot. In a large bed, babies are up to 20 times more likely to die of cot death. There are various reasons for this:

  • You may unconsciously choke your baby.
  • There is a greater risk that the baby's head will get covered.
  • The temperature in an adult bed is higher and there is less ventilation possible.
  • The baby may roll out of bed or get stuck against the wall.

Studies have shown that when children who sleep together with a parent end up in a dangerous position, this is in 80% of cases due to a change in the parents' sleeping position. This applies in particular if the parents sleep under a quilt and/or have two separate mattresses in between which the child can get stuck.