Sleep Safety for your Baby
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Being a new parent is an exciting time and learning new information is part of the master-class of parenthood. A widely discussed topic that has benefited from extensive research and educational programs is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies do not have regular sleep cycles until about 6 months of age. While it is common for a new-born baby to sleep about 16 to 17 hours per day, they may only sleep 1 or 2 hours at a time. Research has shown that the risk of SIDS can be significantly reduced by placing an infant to sleep on their back and by following easy and practical advice that identify the key risk factors, you can help reduce the risk of SIDS by keeping your baby healthy and safe.
Note: These recommendations are for healthy babies up to 1 year of age.
Before and after your baby is born
Take care of yourself during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. Don’t smoke or expose yourself to others’ that smoke while you are pregnant and after the baby is born. Alcohol and drug use can also increase your baby’s risk of SIDS. Be sure to visit a physician for regular pre-natal check-ups to reduce your risk of having a low birth weight or premature baby.
Sleep position and the environment
The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed. Place your baby on a firm mattress, covered by a fitted sheet that meets current safety standards. Always place babies to sleep on their backs during naps and at night time. The crib or bassinet should be free from toys, soft bedding, blankets, and pillows. Sleep clothing, such as sleepers, sleep bags, and wearable blankets are better alternatives to loose blankets
Safe Sleep Practices
Your baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash, and rapid breathing. There is clear evidence that the risk of SIDS is associated with the amount of clothing or blankets worn when asleep. Achieving a comfortable room temperature of 64°F is advisable, but if you are worried that your baby is cold, infant sleep clothing such as sleep bags designed to keep babies warm without the risk of covering their heads can be used. Make sure that you discuss the importance of safe sleep practices with anyone taking care of your baby.
Instinctive parenting will naturally lead to the conclusion that baby sleep bags are an effective alternative to bedding and can help to keep babies safe. Slumbersafe sleep bags have been designed to be comfortable, ergonomic and suitable from birth. Furthermore, using a sleep bag promotes a stable body temperature, and the different weight sleep bags ensure that your baby remains safe and cosy all year round, neither too hot nor too cold.
How to select the correct sleep bags for your baby:
Baby sleep bags are available in three sizes, designed with a side zip for easy access when changing your baby during the night. As your baby grows stronger and the shoulder ‘snaps' are no longer sufficient you can choose from the Kids range of sleep bags which are designed with a front middle zipper and are available in six different sizes, suitable for babies and children up to ten years of age.
Selecting the correct size of sleep bag is easy, simply measure the length of your baby from crown to toe. This measurement will give you an approximate length of the sleep bag required. Do not worry, the sleep bag will not cover the baby’s head, as it fits from the shoulders down to the feet. The optimum free space required at the bottom is one quarter (25%) of the bag, which will ensure unrestricted movement of the legs with kicking room for maximum comfort. If the sleep bag is too small the restriction can cause discomfort and overheating which will lead to restlessness and less sleep for both baby and parents. But do not be tempted to select a larger size than necessary, as this will put your baby at risk of covering their face if they are able to wriggle down into the sleep bag. For more information on sizing, see our detailed size chart.
Weight / TOG
The tog rating or weight of the sleep bag is determined by the thickness and therefore how warm it keeps your child. The higher the tog rating (weight) the warmer the sleep bag. The general rule is that you use thinner sleep bags in the summer months and thicker ones in the winter, however monitoring the room temperature and clothing your baby is wearing in the sleep bag will have an effect on which tog/weight you use. No additional covers or blankets are necessary when using a Slumbersafe sleep bag.
Please follow our recommendations on our Tog Guide to determine which tog is the best one for you.
For further reading on reducing the risk of crib death, see the information on the American Academy of Pediatrics website, which you can find by clicking here.