October is SIDS awareness month and I have partnered with HALO for the “Decorate the nursery, not the crib” campaign. PLUS, there is an exciting GIVEAWAY at the end of this post.
As a mom of 2 children I have spent countless hours awake at night LISTENING to my babies breath.
I’m not sure if I’m the only crazy mother around but I find it pretty ironic that you spend HOURS trying and wishing for your baby to sleep and when they finally do, you wonder if they are breathing.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SIUD) 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.
HALO has not only been a SAFE brand for us, but also the sleep sack that finally got Sophie to sleep through the night.
They have so many cute styles to choose from for every season and age you can think of.
Above is a little glimpse into our nursery. As you see there is nothing in the crib but Sophie in her sleep sack. As a paranoid mother I always make a point to check her crib before nap time or bedtime as the kids always love the throw things in there while playing during the day.
Here are a few tips on how to make your nursery and your baby’s crib a safe place for them to sleep:
- Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
- Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only 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, 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.
- 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, 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.
Here’s a link to these safe sleep tips on the HALO website: http://www.halosleep.com/safe-sleep-for-baby
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Halo has been so nice to offer all my readers a giveaway. Don’t forget to go to the bottom of the page to enter for the chance to win a “Safe Sleep Starter Kit” which includes a HALO SleepSack Swaddle and SleepSack, pacifier, onesie and fitted crib sheet.
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