5 Tips for Safe Sleep When Traveling

November 21, 2017

It’s the holiday season, which means lots of traveling, whether to visit family or go on vacation. Since most people don’t want to leave their young babies at home, we have five tips to follow the ABC’s of Safe Sleep while not at home. Remember that means:


Every Nap. Every Night. Every Time.


1. When Driving Long Distances

When spending long times in a car seat, many babies do fall asleep. In order to make this as safe as possible, there are a few things you can do.
Ensure car seat is age-appropriate and up to safety standards.
Keep seat empty. Much like in a crib, remove any toys, stuffed animals, or other items that could get stuck in the seat or restraint.
When you’ve arrived at your destination, don’t leave the child unattended or in the car seat. Car seats aren’t stable enough on their own to keep the child’s airway clear.


2. When Sleeping at Other Homes

Newborns and infants should always sleep in a crib, so it is best to bring a portable travel crib called a pack n ’play. You can even have the baby sleep in it for a few days before taking the trip to get used to it.

Keep the crib away from windows (blinds and drapes can hang down). For older babies, keep the crib away from tall furniture they can climb onto. It’s best to secure the wheels and push the crib against a wall so there’s less chance of them climbing out.


3. When Someone else is Caring for Your Baby

It is important to tell your babysitter, family members, and anyone else watching your baby during the holidays about safe sleep practices. Tell them about the ABCs.

Alone.  Remember that pillows, comforters, or stuffed animals can all black airways and cause breathing issues or suffocation.

Back. Babies should be on their back to fall asleep.

Crib. Babies should sleep in the same room, but their own bed. Don’t let them sleep on soft furniture, bouncy chairs, or swings.


4. When Flying with a Baby

It may seem harmless to have a baby sleep on you during a flight, but if you fall asleep your head or body could cover the baby’s airway. The baby could also slip off your lap, get wedged on the armchair, or fall on the floor. There are airline-approved car seats, but some airlines charge extra if they take up a seat, so be sure to check beforehand.


5. When Staying in Hotel

Many hotels have cribs for their guests. Watch out for old, outdated cribs. Check them to ensure nothing is broken and no screws are missing. If the crib is made of wood, check for splinters. Don’t use cribs with sides that slide up and down, have slats that are spaced wider apart than a soda can, or if the mattress doesn’t go to the edge of the crib.

You should also place it in a safe spot; see Tip #2 for guidelines.