***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Read on for 5 tips to reduce the risk of SIDS.***
When Grady and Haley were newborns, SIDS was something I definitely fretted over. I think all parents do. I still make sure they sleep safely and they’re now 3 and 1! Instead of being constantly worried, I was proactive in keeping them safe by taking specific steps to reduce the risk of SIDS. You’ll find what I did below.
5 Tips to Reduce the Risk of SIDS
- BACK IS BEST: Always place your baby on their back to sleep. There are “Back to Sleep Campaigns” for a reason. There’s been a significant reduction in the number of SIDS cases since their inception. And as long as you provide plenty of tummy time during the day you can prevent flat head syndrome as well.
- SHARE A ROOM: Sharing a room with you baby has also been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. The AAP recommends separate sleeping spaces, but we’ve co-slept with both of our kiddos – with safety precautions in place, of course (firm bed, no heavy blankets, etc.)
- BREASTFEED: There have been studies that have shown that breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS by 50% – so breastfeed if you can, for as long as you can.
- USE A PACIFIER – Studies have shown a correlation between pacifier use and lower incidences of SIDS. More studies need to be done, but it’s definitely worth doing and causes no harm. Grady took one, but Haley never would.
- BE CAREFUL WITH BEDDING AND CLOTHING: Other studies have shown a link between soft bedding and SIDS, so it’s best to use a firm mattress with a fitted sheet, have no extra pillows, bedding, stuffed animals, crib bumpers, etc in your baby’s sleeping space – not only to reduce the risk of SIDS but of suffocation, too. Instead of covering your baby with a blanket – use wearable blankets or sleepsacks instead – like the one I received to review from HALO SleepSacks.
And don’t smoke. That’s just a given. It’s bad and you should quit if you do. 😉
Did your hospital or birthing center give you a HALO SleepSack when you gave birth? Mine didn’t (makes me sad) – but many do! The HALO SleepSack Swaddle is used in 1,000 hospital nurseries because of the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative:
HALO Innovation’s SleepSack® Swaddle has become the standard for hospital nurseries and parents alike. In fact, 1,000 hospital nurseries use the HALO SleepSack Swaddle instead of blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative. That is 1.5 million births getting first-hand, in-hospital experience with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle and safe sleep practices! Leading health organizations agree that modeling proper baby care in the hospital is the single biggest influence on how parents care for their baby at home. HALO Innovations also offers free Safe Sleep Practices kits to childbirth educators to help further the cause of SIDS prevention.
HALO SleepSacks are wearable blankets that you can use to replace blankets in your baby’s sleep environment to protect against suffocation and reduce the risk of SIDS (see #5 above). They also include an embroidery reminder that “back is best” so that everyone who puts your baby down to sleep knows exactly what to do.
We were sent the 100% Cotton SleepSack Wearable Blanket in Pink Striped Hearts. In hindsight I probably should have gotten the Early Walker version – Haley gets frustrated trying to walk in it, although it’s doable. We got the size large (12-18 months) and I probably could have gotten away with a medium as Haley still has a ton of room left in the bottom. She’s almost 14 months and about 19 pounds for reference. At least it will last us for awhile!
The fabric is super soft, comfortable, and has been perfect with our warm weather this summer. It’s great that it’s sleeveless, too. I’ve been putting Haley in a onesie underneath and it’s been perfect. She doesn’t seem too hot or too cold.
The zipper starts at the top and ends at the bottom. That means it opens easily at the bottom so you can change your baby’s diaper without removing the whole thing. That’s a wonderful feature for those few months you still need to do diaper changes in the middle of the night. Thankfully, we don’t have that problem now!
Haley seems to sleep very well with it on. It’s roomy enough that she can kick around during the night without it being restrictive and waking her up. Like I mentioned above, she doesn’t like walking in it, so I just put it on right before bed and take it off as soon as she gets up. Works for us!
Do you use wearable blankets? I think they’re just a genius invention!
You can purchase a HALO SleepSack, like the one I reviewed, on the HALO SleepSack Website for $26.95. In addition to 100% cotton they’ve got micro-fleece, lots of prints, early walker versions, and one’s for older kids, too.
One lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win a HALO SleepSack Swaddle! The winner will get to choose size (newborn or small) and their gender preference.
Enter below using the rafflecopter form. The first entry is mandatory and then the rest of the entries are optional, but will greatly increase your chances of winning! You can view my official giveaway rules here. Good Luck!
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Winner: Maggie F.