When I was looking at baby products when I was pregnant with my oldest, I was so confused. All the photos showed cribs full of stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, and bumpers. However, everything I was reading about safety said to leave everything out of the crib. I was even more baffled with all the nursery bedding packages that seemed to include everything that was deemed unsafe.
The second-time around, we knew to ignore all the photos of cribs piled with stuff and focus on decorating the nursery, not the crib. We went with a travel theme (read more about How to Create a Travel-Themed Nursery here.) It was so easy to design a fun nursery while leaving the crib undecorated.
October is SIDS Awareness Month. For anyone who is pregnant or has a baby, SIDS is especially scary to think about. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) still claims more than 3,500 infants each year in North America. More than half of these deaths are preventable when proper safe sleep practices are followed. To help keep all babies sleeping safely and avoid these unnecessary tragedies, HALO is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. In fact, over 1,400 hospitals use HALO SleepSack wearable blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Hospital Initiative. Through this program, HALO has helped Hospitals and Birth Centers throughout North America create their own safe sleep programs, which utilize the HALO SleepSack Swaddle to demonstrate to parents and caregivers how to keep their babies sleeping safely. To date, HALO has donated more than $4.3 million in its efforts to promote safe sleep education.
SAFE SLEEP TIPS FROM HALO:
- Place baby to sleep on his/her back at nap time and at night time
- Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered only with a tight-fitting crib sheet
- Remove all blankets, comforters 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, offer pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established
- Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, place your baby back to sleep on his/her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed
- Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation
- Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, waterbeds, quilts, sheepskins, etc
- Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature at 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
GIVEAWAY (ended 10/30/16)
I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered with HALO to give away a HALO Safe Sleep Starter Kit that includes: a HALO SleepSack Swaddle and SleepSack, pacifier, onesie and fitted crib sheet! They will ship to USA or Canada and winner picks color. Contest runs October 25th at 12am until October 30th at 11:59pm.