Ask AF: Sleep Setups

Concerned about where your child will sleep when you travel to meet him for the first time? Read on.

Q: Someone told me a newborn can sleep in a car seat for the first week. Is this true, or do we need to bring a crib when we travel to adopt?


A: The most important thing is that the sleeping surface be firm, with little in the bed. Secure blankets around the child so that they can’t be pulled up over her face, and keep the area free of extra bedding or stuffed animals.

Always put your baby to sleep on her back. Studies have shown that this dramatically reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It’s also best that newborns sleep on their own, rather than with a parent, to reduce their risk of being smothered.

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