Safe Sleep Tips For Baby

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Brady in Halo Muslin SleepSack - Must Have Mom

SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is something that your baby is at risk for until the age of one year. By creating a safe sleep environment for baby you can drastically reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS. So what do you need to do to create a safe sleep environment? Here are tips that you and anyone that cares for your baby should know:

ALWAYS

  • 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.

Brady in Halo SleepSack - Safe Sleep Tips for Baby - Must Have Mom

NEVER

  • 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.

Safe Sleep Tips for Baby - Must Have Mom

We use the Halo muslin SleepSack wearable blanket with Brady. The muslin material keeps him at the right temp all night long. Not too hot and not too cold. It’s great for nap time too. It makes it easy to eliminate loose blankets in the bassinet and still keep him covered up so he doesn’t get chilly. You can find them at amazon.com, babiesrus.com or buybuybaby.com.

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Another thing to look for in a good SleepSack is an inverted zipper. This makes middle of the night diaper changes quick and easy. You don’t have to take baby out of the SleepSack in order to change the diaper. It just zips up (instead of down) so you can pull their legs out and change their diaper quickly and easily.

Sound machines work well to help baby sleep and disguise those random noises in your house so they don’t wake baby up. Having a routine is also very beneficial to helping establish a good sleep routine for baby.

What tips do you have for helping baby sleep safely?

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Comments

  1. So this day I am paranoid about my kids sleeping with stuff on their beds and my youngest is 6. I was always so afraid of something bad happening. You covered a lot of great tips!

  2. I love Sleepsack! You made a lot of good points too.

  3. Great tips and what a nifty product. I worried about my kids so much when they were sleeping as babies!

  4. My youngest is 6, and I still finding myself laying my hand on his back, just to make sure he’s ok. These are great tips.

  5. Great tips! I’ll pass some on to my SIL!

  6. Well… I am pretty certain I did it ALL wrong… both of my girls – and myself – are tummy sleepers and have slept on every surface you can imagine LOL

  7. Those first few months are so stressful for me with SIDS being on my mind constantly. These are great tips. I like that it offers an easy opening to change baby without disturbing him.

  8. I love the inverted zippers on the sleep blankets.

  9. Great tips, and I LOVE the inverted zipper! You don’t have to practically unzip the entire thing, just to change a diaper!

  10. I wish I had known about these when my kiddo was a baby!!

  11. Those are some good best practices. It’s kind of amazing to me….all of the rules that we need to keep a baby safe while doing something as simple as sleeping. It just goes to show you how much those little ones depend on us.

  12. SIDS is so scary! I always worried about it when my son was younger and if I am being truthful, I still hold my breath till both kids get up in the morning.

  13. Vickie Couturier says:

    some really good points,,sometimes it just happens no matter what you do,it isn’t anyones fault,,all you can do is prepare the best you can and then you know you have done everything in your power to prevent it ,,I never slept a solid night until after that first year,I was always up checking to be sure they were breathing

  14. A lot of hospitals are now giving newborns sleep sacks versus the receiving blankets because of SIDS and swaddling and loose materials. We’ve used it all and sound machines to have better sleep for everyone.

  15. That’s awesome that it helps regulate his temperature all the time. He’s such a cutie!

  16. 1 tip my Pediatrician keeps stressing on is not to use heavy blankets.

  17. What a cutie! I am a big fan of Halo Sleep Sacks, but my youngest was born in the hottest part of the Summer so I looked for muslin sacks instead. So excited to hear that Halo has them now, too. All my kids used sleep sacks for safety… and they look pretty darn comfy.

  18. What a cutie. Not only are the sleepsacks safer, but lil ones, can’t kick them off and end out with cold feet.

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