In addition to breast cancer, October is also the awareness month for S.I.D.S (sudden infant death syndrome). This hits home for me because I personally know two families who have been affected by the loss of an infant due to S.I.D.S.. According to SIDS.org, SIDS is defined as “the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.” I couldn’t imagine putting my child to sleep, only to check up on them later and find that they went to go meet Jesus. Did you know that 80-90% of SIDS-related deaths are due to unsafe sleep practices? We need to know how to stop this from happening. There are ways to prevent the likelihood, however:
- 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, 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.
- Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface
- 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.
I received the Microfleece SleepSack for big kids from Halo. It’s geared towards kids who fit into 4T-5T clothes, like my daughter. It features an adorable pink elephant with white polka-dots and an orange heart. Bella’s favorite animal is an elephant, so she adored seeing the applique on her new ‘”jammies”. While the foot openings are there for when your child is awake, there is plenty of room for them to tuck their feet into the SleepSack to prevent their little toe-sies from getting cold. Using this SleepSack is a great alternative to heavy comforters and blankets that can wind up over your child’s head and end in tragedy.
I remember a few years ago, I used to sleep with my blanket over my mouth. I would wake up, but not be able to move. It felt like someone was holding me down. It’s an extremely scary situation, and using the Halo SleepSack can prevent that from happening, as well, due to no blankets.
You can purchase the Halo SleepSack for Big Kids for $29.95 in various colors.
One lucky Beautifully BellaFaith reader will win a Halo SleepSack of their own (Early Walker and Big Kids also available). The giveaway ends October 31st 11:59PM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another will be drawn. You do not have to be a blogger to enter or win. Beautifully BellaFaith is not responsible for prizes that are lost, damaged or stolen. Good luck!