Ever since my husband and I were expecting our first baby, safe sleep is something that we have heard a lot about. I was fortunate enough to have friends with younger babies who talked a lot about safe sleep, and an amazing birthing educator who also gave us some incredible tips for keeping my sweet little baby safe while sleeping. One thing that we heard over and over is that babies sleep better when swaddled, and that HALO SleepSacks were an absolute must for us to have. So, we made sure to include a few SleepSack Swaddles on our baby registry, and they have been invaluable to us ever since!
Along with our SleepSacks, safe sleep is a priority in our home. Check out these great safe sleep tips from HALO…
• 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 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.
• 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.
In addition to teaching the safe sleep guidelines to new parents at work, my hospital participates in HALO’s Safer Way to Sleep In-Hospital Program, in which hospitals and NICUs across the country are able to replace their nursery blankets with SleepSack Swaddles. Through this, they are increasing parent education about infant safe sleep practices – right from the start. SleepSack Swaddles are now used in over 1,400 hospitals nationwide.
Between July 20th and 26th, HALO will be running a Safe Sleep from the Start campaign on Facebook to give away a free HALO Bassinest and Halo SleepSack Swaddle to one lucky winner. (If you haven never seen the Bassinest, check it out! It’s amazing, and YOU WANT TO WIN IT!) One of the entries is sharing a photo of your babe in a SleepSack Swaddle, and we’d love to see some of our readers’ entries. Be sure to submit your photos before July 26th!