Did you know that 80-90% of SIDS-related deaths are due to unsafe sleep practices? October is SIDS Awareness Month, a time for all parents to reconsider safe baby sleep and to recommit to providing an ideal sleep environment.
(photo credit: Lauren Kennedy for Bella Baby)
Here are a few recommended safe sleep practices from the experts:
- 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 snuggly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
- Remove all soft bedding 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.
- Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface
- 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.
HALO Innovations is committed to helping babies sleep as safely as possible through their SleepSack wearable blankets — in fact, the company was founded by a father who lost his own daughter to SIDS. During the month of October, HALO will donate $1 to SIDS Awareness for every new Facebook “like”.
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HALO has new MicroFleece designs (pictured above) to make baby more comfortable than ever. The new designs are available at Target.com and Amazon.com — and, to help commemorate this month, HALO is giving away one SleepSack in Micro-Fleece. Enter to win below; a winner will be chosen at random on October 31. This giveaway is only open to readers in the US and Canada.