Along with all of the advice we have been given over the past few weeks as new parents, safe sleeping habits is one mentioned time and time again by the doctors, our pediatrician, nurses, and in nearly every pamphlet/book/brochure I read.
SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is no joke, and one that used to be a much more common occurrence. I could not imagine losing my child, like the founder of the company HALO did. Back when my parents were raising kids, it was advised to place your child on their stomach for sleeping. But now that is highly inadvisable as parents are instructed to place the baby on their back when they sleep and nap. With this change, there has been a 50% decrease in SIDS over the years.
To help promote safe sleep habits, I was sent a HALO SleepSack Swaddle. Prior to receiving this one from the company, I actually received a couple of these swaddles from friends and at my baby shower, so I knew these items were definitely something other moms recommended as well.
There are two ways to wear the swaddle as Cullen demonstrates: arms tucked in for a traditional swaddle.
Or Cullen’s preferred way: arms outside the swaddle so he can sleep in the “I win” (hands up by his head) position. Either way is a great way to swaddle your baby. Using this SleepSack Swaddle is a fool-proof way to swaddle your baby. (Because swaddling with a blanket is tricky, and I’m still not sure I’m that great at it.). Plus the Velcro ensures the material stays wrapped around your baby and won’t get lose and potentially obstruct your baby’s airway.
All the swaddles come with a nice reminder that “back is best,” which is one of the most important safe sleeping habits for infants.
Some other safe sleeping habits recommended:
- Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
- Room-share, but don’t bed share; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend against bed sharing as it can lead to an increased risk for accidental suffocation.
- Use a crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
- Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
- Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
- Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
- Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
- Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
The HALO company also recently came out with a bassinet called the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper that is pretty sweet!You can place it right next to your bed, and you don’t even have to get out of bed to pick up your baby. That would have been so nice for those of us who underwent a C-section.
Check out the video for the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. (Oh, and I would love to look that thin after my baby was born!)