When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point where you feel like lashing out—STOP. Take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid(s).
Try any or all of these simple alternatives—whatever works for you.

  • Stop in your tracks.

  • Step back.

  • Sit down.

  • Put yourself in a time out.

  • Think about why you are angry: is it your child, or is your child simply a convenient target for your anger?

  • Take five deep breaths. Take five more. Remember, you are the adult.

  • Count to 10. Better yet, 20.

  • Say the alphabet out loud.

  • Phone a friend. A relative. Even the weather. Or, if someone can watch your child, go outside and take a walk.

  • Still upset? Hug a pillow. Munch an apple.

  • Thumb through a magazine, book, newspaper, or photo album.

  • Lie down on the floor. Do some sit ups or just put your feet up.

  • Pick up a pencil and write down your thoughts. Write down as many helpful words as you can think of. Save the list.

  • Take a hot bath. Or a cold shower. Splash cold water on your face.

  • Turn on some music. Put on your favorite record. Maybe even sing along.

  • Close your eyes. Pretend you’re hearing what your child is about to hear.

Safe Sleep for Your Baby

Reduce the Risk of SIDS & Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet, to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

  • Your baby should NOT sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair, with you, or with anyone else.

  • Put babies to sleep in a separate sleep area in the same room where you sleep.

  • Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

  • To reduce the risk of SIDS, women should:
  • Get regular health care during pregnancy

  • Not smoke, drink alcohol, or use any illegal drugs during pregnancy or after the baby is born.

  • To reduce the risk of SIDS, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby.

  • Brestfeed your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • Give your baby a DRY pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.

  • Follow health care provider guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups.

  • Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

  • Do not use home heart or breathing monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • Give your baby plenty of Tummy Time when he or she is awake and being supervised by a responsible person.