Christmas is just around the corner. I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about unsafe sleep. So many of us will be travelling away, visiting family or hosting Christmas at our own homes. There will be gift giving and receiving. There will be rushing, multitude of advices flowing your way and willingness to help you with the baby.
With all that comes the threat of your child being exposed to unsafe sleep practices.
Just to touch on my previous post which explained how safe sleep looks like, it’s simple; just follow Safe Sleep ABC - child sleeps alone, without adult or any items beside a dummy, they are placed on their back, unrestrained by positioned and unswaddled and they sleep only in their cot or certified bassinet.
Now coming back to unsafe sleep, lets talk what situations are unsafe:
- your child sleeping in a swing or a bouncer (this is unsafe due to risk of positional asphyxia which is silent and by the time you’d notice something is wrong, it’s too late to save the baby) - car seats out of car (car seats are not designed for routine sleep. In the car, the risk of child not following SafeSleepABC is outweighed by risk of dying in car accident if they weren’t using a car seat) - Dockatot, Baby Nest, Snoo and other positioners (all of them present suffocation risk and there has been already two deaths involving Dockatot and three dead babies because of sleeping in Baby Nest). - chair, sofa, floor, etc (risk of falling, suffocation, getting stepped on.) - SWADDLING (this needs to be addressed as not enough people know about it. Swaddling of any type has to end by 8 weeks old or first signs of rolling, whichever comes first. This is due to SIDS rates increasing 19times if your baby rolls while swaddled. It’s a huge risk that if unnecessary to take. Remember that swaddling doesn’t mean only arms in, it also means tightness across the chest. All of you who still use of LoveToDream and similar products, past 8 weeks old, should stop immediately if you missed the mark. You may have few rough nights while your baby adjusts but that’s better than a dead child.
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