Die richtige Schlafumgebung für Babys

Customizing the sleeping environment

For many, the question arises: "Where should my baby actually sleep?" There are numerous possibilities for this. Starting with the master bedroom or the children's room. Or the choice of bed: side bed, cot, bassinet or cradle. Above all, how should the bed be designed? And what about the family bed again?

Table of contents:

1. The right sleeping environment for babies
          1. Smoke-free
          2. Parents' bedroom
          3. Avoid dangers
          4. Beware of suffocation
          5. Right clothes
          6. Family bed
2. So much for the theory



1. That should be noted

In general, the focus is on the subject of the sleeping environment, as this plays an important role in avoiding sudden infant death. Therefore, the following sleeping environment is clearly recommended for the first 12 months:

1.1. Smoke Free

Clearly, the room must be non-smoking. What is a health hazard for us adults is even more true for our children - self-explanatory!

1.2. master bedroom

The child should sleep in the master bedroom. On the one hand, children want to be close to their parents in order to get a good night's sleep. The even breathing of the parents has a calming effect on the child. But the parents themselves also have better control over their child if it comes to (breathing) distress and can intervene more quickly. It is also convenient - especially for breastfeeding mothers - when the baby is within reach. An extra bed is often an ideal option for this, especially in the first few months.

1.3. Avoid dangers

The bed must be set up securely against external influences. So far enough away from cables, sockets, direct sunlight, open windows (because of drafts) or the heating.

1.4. Airing

The room should be sufficiently ventilated (intermittent ventilation). In addition, the perfect room temperature is around 18°.

1.5. Beware of choking hazards

The bed must be designed to be safe. It doesn't matter whether you choose the classic cot or the bassinet or cradle. In general, you are free to make your own decision, but you should make sure that the sleeping place is safe. This means that apart from a mattress, nothing is lost in the bed. Above all, no cuddly toys or comforters in which the little ones can bury their faces. But nests should also be left out so that the air can circulate well. In addition, the duvet or pillow should also be banned, the danger is too high that they pull the blanket over their heads or bury themselves too much with their face in the pillow. Sleeping bags are a great alternative.

1.6. Right clothes

The child should be dressed neither too warm nor too cold. This statement cannot be applied universally. Every child has a different perception of heat and cold. However, sleeping bags often have inner linings that are recommended for each season. However, parents know their children best and should act individually. However, there is a tendency to dress the children too warm, so it is important to ensure that the children do not overheat. The neck should be comfortably warm. Hands and feet are often cold, but this is not a sign of the child's general well-being.


1.7. family bed

The family bed is becoming more and more popular. Sure, the children want to be close and can sleep best close to their parents. It is also often nice for the parents to be close to the child. It is also the most convenient for breastfeeding, as the mother can breastfeed while lying down while continuing to sleep. Opinions on this are divided. Of course, the family bed harbors various dangers. Parents' blankets and pillows are potential suffocation hazards. In addition, the child may be crushed or fall out of bed. It should therefore be ensured that the bed offers sufficient space and that there is sufficient protection against falling out.


2. So much for the theory

I will never forget coming home from the hospital with Leon. The first night, in August - in the middle of summer - I put Leon to bed in a long-sleeved bodysuit, pajamas, a thin summer sleeping bag and a thick winter sleeping bag. I thought it must be cold for such tiny little babies. Of course it was much, much too warm. The next day my midwife taught me that a short-sleeved bodysuit and a summer sleeping bag are enough. As a new mom, you are simply unsure and should actually consult your midwife if you are unsure. This has often helped me a lot! We had such a small extra bed at the beginning and here I actually made sure that there was nothing in the bed except for a child, a mattress and a sleeping bag. Unfortunately, it soon became clear that the bed wasn't Leon's preferred sleeping environment. So the bed was there now, with its mattress and otherwise it was empty. Leon slept on my stomach in his sleeping bag and I only covered myself up to my legs, but he slept in the bed with us. I found it unsafe myself, since he could fall off me or I cover myself and him half asleep. Also, I can't attach a fall-out guard all around the bed, so I could never rule out the risk of it falling out. But babies that tiny can't move yet, so I ruled out the danger, at least at the beginning.


When Leon then started to sleep in his bed, we used the cot in the meantime, but as an extra bed. So we basically removed one side of the bars from the crib and pushed it directly to our bed. There was still nothing to be found in the bed except for the mattress and Leon in the sleeping bag. So that there was still a small boundary between us, I put the nursing pillow between us. Knowing full well that the nursing pillow posed a choking hazard. At that point, however, Leon was old enough to turn around. I thought it wouldn't be that bad. As expected, Leon has chosen the nursing pillow as his cuddly pillow. How else should it be? He literally buried his face in it. Great! So I wanted to take it away again, of course he couldn't sleep without it. So I let him. I have to say that I was obsessed with sudden infant death syndrome and that Leon wore a small sensor on his diaper that would activate if he stopped breathing. So I was reassured. At about nine months, the part broke and failed umpteen times. Then I threw it in the trash and banned the breastfeeding pillow at the same time. Unfortunately, Leon couldn't and couldn't sleep anymore. I had to think of an alternative. It's a good thing that we got about ten cuddle cloths as gifts for the birth. So I inspected them carefully. I put each one on my face to see if you could breathe, so I picked one that was very, very thin and even though he buried himself in it, he could still breathe. Luckily he accepted it straight away. To this day, Leon still sleeps in bed without frills and with a sleeping bag, but the nursing pillow is now back in bed. I don't even know why I brought it back. However, my fear of choking is gone. And he uses the nursing pillow as a pillow. His cuddle cloth, the "little bear", MUST be with him when he sleeps and meanwhile everywhere else! Incidentally, Leon's bed is still in our master bedroom to this day. I just find it more comfortable if something happens to him at night.

Häufig gestellte Fragen zur richtigen Schlafumgebung für Babys

Sollte ich ein Nestchen im Babybett verwenden?

Ein Nestchen im Kinderbett kann eine Erstickungsgefahr darstellen. Es ist besser, darauf zu verzichten und das Baby in einer übersichtlichen und sicheren Umgebung schlafen zu lassen.

Sollte ich ein Nachtlicht im Schlafzimmer meines Babys verwenden?

Ein Nachtlicht kann eine sanfte Beleuchtung im Schlafzimmer schaffen und Ihrem Baby beim Einschlafen helfen. Stellen Sie sicher, dass das Licht nicht zu hell ist und das Baby nicht stört.

Sollte ich meinem Baby einen Schnuller zum Schlafen geben?

Ein Schnuller kann beruhigend für ein Baby sein und das Risiko des plötzlichen Kindstods verringern. Wenn Ihr Baby den Schnuller akzeptiert, können Sie ihn ihm zum Schlafen geben, aber achten Sie darauf, dass er sicher befestigt ist und das Baby nicht daran ersticken kann.

Ab welchem Alter kann mein Baby mit einem Kissen schlafen?

Es wird empfohlen, dass Babys unter einem Jahr ohne Kissen schlafen, um das Risiko des plötzlichen Kindstods zu verringern. Ab dem ersten Geburtstag kann ein flaches Kissen verwendet werden, wenn das Baby sich gut bewegen kann und keine Erstickungsgefahr besteht.