Right after my second miscarriage, before I was pregnant with Alex, a colleague’s four-month-old daughter died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Although I wasn’t close to my colleague, her daughter’s death devastated me because all I could think of was how tragedy could strike even after making it through pregnancy.
Needless to say, I followed all of the SIDS prevention guidelines when my boys were born, and I encourage everyone to do so:
- 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 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 (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheepskins 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.
You can find a printable English/Spanish version of this list here (pdf).
One of the things I did for my boys when they no longer needed to be swaddled was put them to sleep in Halo Sleepsacks. Sleepsacks are wearable blankets, so there’s no loose material in the crib that can suffocate baby. I loved the boys’ Halo Sleepsacks because they were well-made and survived many washings without fading or tearing. Plus, they came in cotton and fleece, so I could use them all year-round.
I kept the boys in sleepsacks for a long time, even after they could walk at 10 months. And now I see that Halo makes a sleepsack for walkers – I wish these had been around back then! Halo also makes a 100% organic cotton sleepsack, as well as a car seat version with a belt slot.
Over at Halo’s Facebook page, you can test your sleep safety IQ. Plus, for each new fan they get between now and Mother’s Day, Halo will donate $1 to SIDS prevention.
Onto the giveaway: Halo wants to give one lucky CFO reader their own SleepSack! To enter this giveaway, visit Halo’s Facebook page, then come back and tell me something you learned in the form below. If you’re reading this post in a feed aggregator or email, you may need to click through to the post to reach the form. If you’re having trouble filling out the form, try going directly to the published form.
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You can enter up to four times (one for each type), and you must complete the form once per entry. Only one entry of each type per email address will be counted. I’ll select the winners using Random.org and announce them here on CFO as well as contact them by email. Winners must respond within 24 hours, otherwise their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected.
The giveaway ends at 9:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 19, and is open to U.S. residents only.
Disclosure: Halo asked me to spread the word about SIDS prevention and is providing the SleepSack for the giveaway. I have not received anything from them, and my review is based on SleepSacks that I purchased years ago for my children.