Making sure your baby is safe while they sleep is so important. From minor things like the correct temperature to the right bedding, to more serious issues like SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) – the following are safe sleep tips for babies that can help to reduce the likelihood of SIDS and other sleep related issues.
Safe Sleep Tips for Babies
- Always place baby on his or her back to sleep – This includes at nap and at night. Babies who are used to sleeping on their back and who are then placed on their tummies (like by a babysitter) have an increased risk of SIDS called Unaccustomed Tummy Sleeping.
- Make a safe sleep environment- Only use a crib that meets current safety standards, use a firm mattress with only a fitted sheet.
- Remove any extras from the crib - There should be no blankets, stuffed animals, bumpers, or anything else with baby in the crib.
- Co-sleep safely - If you choose to co-sleep (like us!) do so safely. Move your firm mattress to the floor to eliminate any falls, get rid of excess bedding, and never co-sleep under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
- Breastfeed - Breastfeeding decreases the likelihood of SIDS. Pacifiers have also been shown to reduce SIDS.
- Be aware of temperature - Keep the room where baby sleeps between 68-72 degrees. Dress baby lightly, and to avoid the use of blankets that pose a suffocation hazard – consider using sleep sacks and wearable blankets like the one I was sent for review from Merino Kids.
Merino Kids Organic Sleep Sack Review
The Merino Kids Sleep Sack is made from 2 layers of 100% natural organic (Global Organic Textile Standard Certified) cotton – so it’s free of pesticides and harmful chemicals.
It comes in 2 sizes – baby (0-2) and toddler (2-4). Haley is almost one and she fits comfortable in the baby size with lots of room to grow, so the sizing seems right on.
It’s very, very soft and includes lots of features that I just love: snaps on the shoulder and top sides to keep it in place and for easy on/off, zipper that is placed to never touch baby’s skin and opens from the bottom for easy diaper changes, and a cut out for safe use in car seats and strollers. Neat, right?
So how do we like it? I love it! It’s great year round – warm enough for winter, but stil breathable for warmer weather. And I love that I don’t have to worry about using a blanket that could go over Haley’s head. I feel like she sleeps better in this than she does when I put her in just regular pajamas. I think it has something to do with the weight of it being soothing or something.
As you can see in the pictures, Haley’s not a huge fan of wearing it when she’s AWAKE. It limits her ability to crawl quickly, so she gets frustrated easily. So I just put it on her right before she goes to bed and take it off as soon as she wakes – and problem solved!
Do you have any safe sleep tips for babies? What do you put your baby to sleep in?
You can purchase the Merino Kids Sleep Sack, like the one I reviewed, on the Merino Kids US Retailer’s Website (Baby Sleep Bags) for $79.99. A little on the pricey side, but well worth it for comfort.
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