Once Scarlett was born, she slept on her back in a crib that was free of bumpers. I know when I was a baby in the 80's, my crib had bumpers in it. Nobody thought anything of it. But today, baby can suffocate with bumpers. Although people were quick to tell me how their children slept on their stomachs and were perfectly fine, I wasn't going to take that risk. Once Scarlett rolled over to sleep on her stomach, it worried me. As long as she can support her own head and roll around, the fear has since dissipated. I still put her to sleep initially on her back though. She immediately rolls onto her stomach because she's more comfortable that way. I can't blame her though, I sleep on my stomach too.
Stomach sleeping then versus back sleeping today
Blankets and pillows are a big no-no in a crib too. Parents may feel that children are more comfortable with those things in their crib, but it's a big suffocation hazard. Keeping a crib clear of absolutely anything is key. If you want baby to stay warm or cool (depending on the season) make sure to have your little one wear a HALO SleepSack which is essentially a wearable zippable blanket. Scarlett has been wearing these since she was born and they are a big favorite in our household.
Sleeping on the couch (unsafe soft surface with blankets) versus a safe sleeping environment today.
HALO Innovations is running a "then and now" campaign during the month of September for Baby Safety Month. HALO is asking people to post pictures and share stories depicting how safety concerns have changed since they were children. HALO has partnered with First Candle to promote Grandparent Tips which launches September 13th. This website shares safety information and advice aimed specifically at Grandparents.
The below tips should be shared with any caregiver to ensure safe sleep for baby:
1. Place baby to sleep on his or her back at nap and bedtime
2. Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
3. Remove all blankets, comforters, and toys from your baby's sleep area. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
3. Offer a pacifier when putting baby to bed. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month, or after breastfeeding has been established.
4. Put baby to sleep in his or her separate sleep area alongside your bed. Roomsharing is important, but don't bed share. Sleeping in the same bed as your baby can put the child at risk of suffocation.
Remember, never put baby to sleep on any soft surfaces.
Don't dress baby too warmly for sleep, and keep the room temperature 68-72 degrees F
Don't take your baby into an area where smoking occurs or someone has just smoked
If you follow these tips, you'll ensure that your baby receives a restful and safe sleep every day.