Sleep Safety For Babies | Wearble Blankets-Swaddle Sacks-Sleep Sacks
What Is SIDS?
SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, is the death of an infant under 1 year of age, with the highest risk being between 2 months and 3 months of age, that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation.
The medical community has theories but still don't know exactly what causes SIDS. They do know that certain babies are more at risk for SIDS than others, and that premature babies have a higher SIDS risk than babies who were born at term.
For premature babies, the risk is most highest between 2 and 3 months corrected age, or 2 to 3 months after your baby's original due date. The risk for SIDS remains high until about 6 months of age, then drops slowly. By a baby's first birthday, the risk for SIDS is very low.
Sleep Safety Should Apply To All Babies
SIDS is not the only concern for parents. Their baby need a safe, sleeping environment whether or not they are a preemie, a full term, one that was born with health problems, etc.
American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleeping Guidlines
Place Baby On Back Instead of Stomach
Today, pediatricians recommend that babies are placed on their back while sleeping, instead of their stomach.
The rate of SIDS dropped by more than 50% when the American Academy of Pediatrics started their Back to Sleep campaign, but many babies are still being placed to sleep on their stomachs or sides.
Make sure that your caregivers know to put your baby on his or her back during nap time and bedtime as well, as the risk of SIDS is particularly high for babies who are put to bed on their bellies.
Babyproof Your Crib
Whether you are using a crib, a co-sleeper, or a bassinet, make sure your baby's bed is safe. Babies should sleep on a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.
Don't put soft or fluffy bedding, such as sheepskins or quilts, under your baby.
Remove stuffed animals and crib bumpers, and don't use crib positioning aids to help your baby stay in one position. An empty crib is the safest because the fluffy mattress, crib bumpers and stuffed animals prevent the circulation of fresh air, and then become suffocation hazards.
You can get rid of that bumper pad and still protect your baby from getting their arms and legs caught between the rails with a
mesh crib liner.
The BreathableBaby Mesh Crib Liner was designed by parents to protect their child from getting her arms and legs stuck in between the slats.
The fabric is made exclusively for BreatableBaby. The fabric is designed to allow air flow access inside of fabrics that cannot be compressed to form an airtight seal, therefore allowing continual access to air.
Wearble Blankets-Swaddle Sacks-Sleep Sacks
Many companies make wearable baby blankets, and they're called by many different names. The most common alternate names for wearable blanket are baby sleeping bag or sleep sack. One very popular brand is the Halo SleepSack
A wearable baby blanket is a garment that forms a bag around baby's lower body and usually fits the upper body like a loose tank top. It is worn over the top of baby's regular pajamas, just like a regular blanket would be used.
The wearable baby blanket is usually made from a thin but warm material, or from a light, breathable fabric, just like a regular blanket, in order to provide comfort in all seasons.
The wearable baby blanket adds warmth while preventing the need to add loose bedding to the crib which poses a suffocation risk, should baby pull loose bedding over their face. Sleep experts recommend keeping baby's sleep space as free as possible of loose bedding. The popularity of wearable baby blankets have increased do to these recommendations.
Wearable baby blankets also are less likely to bunch up, and cannot be thrown off, making it easier to ensure the warmth of your baby, as they begin to move around in the crib.
You can find some great deals on wearable blankets, sleep sacks at Toys R Us.
Another hazard, for all babies, is the water bed and air mattress. There are babies who have been put on a water bed to take their nap and later found deceased.
The water bed mattress is simply too soft which allowed baby to have their nose covered by the mattress, which led to suffocation.
Don't let baby sleep in adult bed.
Don't Sleep With Your Baby
When you plan where your baby will sleep, look for a spot in your bedroom. Babies have a lower risk for dying from SIDS when they sleep in the same room as a parent.
Babies should not sleep in adult beds.
Risks of Sleeping With Your Baby
Can Parents Sleep Safely With Baby
Sleeping in a room that's too warm or being too bundled can increase the risk of SIDS. A baby's bedroom should be about 70 °F, or about the temperature in which a lightly clothed adult would feel comfortable.
You might want to purchase a separate thermometer for baby's room to help make sure it's the right temperature if you don't have a digital thermostat in baby's room that tells you the current room temperature.
Using A Pacifier
Some studies have shown that babies who sleep with a pacifier have a lower risk for dying from SIDS.
Wait about a month before offering your baby a pacifier if you're breastfeeding, to help establish good breastfeeding habits. Don't try to force your baby to take a pacifier or dip it in anything sweet.
If your baby's pacifier falls out during sleep, don't wake your baby to put it back in.
There are pros and cons with the use of pacifiers according to the Mayo Clinic.
Smoking and SIDS
Many people know that smoking during pregnancy can increase your baby's risk of dying from SIDS, but there is also a risk of SIDS if your baby is exposed to second hand smoke after birth.
Do not allow smoking in your home or vehicle. Have smokers do their smoking outside.
Designate a jacket, or sweater, etc for outdoors, that you wear only when you smoke, and remove the jacket and wash your hands before handling your baby.
Avoid Exposure to Cigarette Smoke according to the SIDS Network