Safe Sleep + Swaddle Tips for Baby
There has been a lot of inconsistent information about swaddling. What many parents don’t realize when they read the news about studies on SIDS is that these babies are most likely being swaddled incorrectly. Swaddling IS safe and helps to reduce the risk factors associated with SIDS IF baby is swaddled safely and is in a safe sleep environment.
Traditional swaddle blankets are not always easy to get the hang of, and they can lead to parents incorrectly swaddling their babies. These blankets can become unraveled and cover baby’s airways – too scary to chance.
Here are some risk factors for SIDS that all parents need to be aware of:
Parents should never dress baby in multiple layers or over-swaddle because it can lead to overheating (a risk factor of SIDS). Baby must be dressed to maintain a comfortable body temperature. The temperature of baby’s nursery should be kept between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Baby’s skin should not feel sweaty and hot. Touch the back of their neck or their back to test, not hands or feet, as these body parts can be cooler than baby’s core temperature since heat dissipates through the hands and feet. Our Breathe EZE swaddle is the best all season swaddle for baby – it has a perforated inner layer that allows air to circulate over baby’s skin helping baby to stay cool. Just dress baby properly underneath:
- Cold Nights – long sleeve PJs and pants or a long sleeve sleeper with Breathe EZE Swaddle
- Cool Nights – long sleeve PJ shirt and pajama short bottoms with Breathe EZE swaddle
- Warm Nights – short sleeve PJ shirt with Breathe EZE swaddle
- Hot Nights – Just a diaper with Breathe EZE swaddle
- Sharing a bed with your baby (co-sleeping) can be dangerous for several reasons. Adult beds have pillows, blankets, and mattresses that pose suffocation risks. There is also the risk during co-sleeping of a parent accidentally rolling over onto the baby or the baby being rolled between the bed and the wall, etc.
I’ve been there before with my son when he was between 6 and 9 months old and not sleeping for more than 2 hours straight at a time (for 16 LONG weeks!). Out of sheer desperation I co-slept with my son on the couch to get three hours of sleep at the end of a long night of wake-ups. I know this was a HUGE mistake so we found a better way by working with a Certified Child Sleep Consultant – within 24 hours Karra Crane changed our lives. Our son was sleeping in his crib ALL NIGHT after the first night implementing the sleep plan.
- A baby’s crib should not have anything extra in it like pillows, toys, bumpers, or blankets because they can pose a suffocation risk.
- Also, a traditional swaddle blanket can unravel and cover baby’s face posing a risk of suffocation. Instead us a swaddle that doesn’t require wrapping like our Breathe EZE swaddles.
- Sizing: When choosing a swaddle or other sleepwear for your infant, you need to make sure you are following the proper size guidelines for the right fit. A swaddle that is too big for baby can move up and cover baby’s face resulting in suffocation, while a too tight swaddle can cause hip problems and restrict breathing.
- Sleep Positioning: Always remember “back is best”; babies should always sleep on their backs as stomach sleeping can create a risk for SIDS (baby not being able to breathe face down).
My son however was a tummy sleeper and still is so no matter how many times we put him to sleep on his back, he would flip over so we got the SafeSleep Breathe-Through Crib Mattress – the safest crib mattress for babies. There’s no sheet and the mattress top has tiny perforations so babies can breathe through the mattress normally even if they are face down all night. It’s incredible and they raised $50k on Kickstarter last year!
What should parents look for when choosing a safe swaddle?
- 100% Cotton- breathable and comfortable for baby to sleep in
- Fabric that “moves with baby”
- No wrapping required (which means no accidental “unwrapping” can occur)
- Stays in place; does NOT unravel
- Plenty of hip/leg room to kick and move
- Non-restrictive; allows baby to move and stretch
- Breathable and/or ventilated (multiple layers can lead to overheating)
Do you swaddle your baby?