Creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby: practical tips

Babies lay in bed a lot more than adults. They sleep most of the day. This is why a good mattress is so important for them. Just like adults, the sleep of babies can be disrupted when their mattress isn’t positioned properly. They have trouble falling asleep or can’t sleep on due to the wrong choice of mattress.

In addition, there is such a thing as a safe mattress! If the mattress meets the qualities and conditions below, you as a parent can sleep soundly.


How to choose a suitable and safe mattress for your baby

The mattress has to be firm enough so your baby doesn’t sink away into it.
Air permeability is an important quality: it ensures that the mattress (protector) lets air and water vapour pass through, so your baby doesn’t overheat.
Hygiene-wise, there are a few tips to ensure that you can keep the mattress clean:

  • Regularly check the mattress for stains and deformations.
  • Choose a mattress with an unzippable cover. The cover can then be washed, keeping it clean.
  • A good mattress cover makes sure your mattress isn’t soiled in case of accidents, and forms natural protection against bacteria and house dust mite. You should of course also look out for washability and air permeability: a standard mattress cover or waterproof mattress cover counteracts the mattress’ air permeable properties.

Choose a mattress that fits in the bed or cot perfectly.

Make sure the mattress doesn’t come above the sign on the inside of the bed indicating the mattress’ maximum height.

Buy a mattress with marking EN597, which means that it meets the European safety standard regarding flammability.

Safe sleeping tips
Always ensure that the baby sleeps on its back.

It has been determined that laying on the stomach and side increases the risk of cot death. This is why you should always ensure that the baby sleeps on its back.

Make sure that the room temperature is around 18 °C.

Until the age of eight weeks, a room temperature of 20° C is recommended, after this 18° C suffices. Don’t dress or cover up your baby too warm. Air the bedroom regularly.

Don’t dress your baby too warm

Don’t dress your baby too warm and avoid duvets and pillows. One blanket or sheet is enough. As an alternative there are also long-sleeved sleeping bags.

Never leave your baby in a room where people smoke.

Check on your baby when it has fallen asleep after a serious crying fit.