|By Nicole Moon, BBP Blog ContributorTalk about a scary statistic – a new poll has found that even though most mothers know the rules about putting baby to sleep safely, more than half say they don’t follow them! In fact, 66 percent admit to putting baby to sleep on her tummy or putting extra items in baby’s cribs. Both of which are known to increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
We recognizes that while those first few months with a newborn can certainly be exhausting, rather than putting baby at risk, there are some things you can do to make sure baby (and parents!) get their ZZZZs in safely.
|1. Inclined Sleep: Inclined sleeping is proven to help babies sleep better, longer and the DayDreamer Sleeper from Dex Products is just what the doctor ordered. With it’s perfect 28 degree incline, the DayDreamer Sleeper helps to prevent reflux and promote better breathing. It’s extremely portable – so it can go wherever mom goes – which makes it perfect for naptime, although it can be used at nighttime as well. Sold for $129.00 exclusively at Babies ‘R’ Us. More information on the DayDreamer Sleeper website.|
|2. Swaddled: Swaddling has actually been shows to reduce the risk of SIDS as well as decreases crying in infants and even helps to prevent and reduce postpartum depression in new mothers. The DreamSwaddle™ from Mum 2 Mum is unique in that it is a completely fitted and adjustable baby swaddle is so easy to use. It’s double wrap system ensures that your baby is kept secure all night long. It has a double-ended zip at the front for easy diaper change and even has a convenient safely belt slot for use in a child car seat. It comes in four different patterns ranging from $29.95 to $36.95, depending on size. The DreamSwaddle is sold on the Mum 2 Mum website.|
|3. White Noise: White noise, especially sounds that mimic what baby heard when in utero, are great soothers for babies. The Cloud B Sleep Sheep offers this in a cute and cuddly package! The Sleep Sheep offers four soothing sound options: Mother’s heartbeat, Spring showers, Ocean surf, Whale songs. The plush animal comes with a Velcro tab to be easily attached to baby’s crib and it even comes with two timer options so it will automatically shut off after baby has fallen asleep. Sold for $29.95 on the Cloud B website.|
|4. Monitored Sleeping: Believe it or not, one of the biggest distractions for a sleeping baby is actually its parents. Sometimes its hard to let your newborn just sleep while fighting the urge to check in every few minutes. Parents can rest a little easier when using the Snuza Hero Baby Monitor. Snuza Hero is a mobile and easy-to-use movement monitor which clips onto baby’s diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest movement and will alert mom if baby’s movements movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no movement at all is detected for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will vibrate gently. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero will revert to monitoring mode. Sold for $129.99 online and in the Phoenix Valley at BabyTown.|
|5. Breathable Bedding: The crib bumper gets a safety makeover with the new Breathable Mesh Crib Liner from Breathable Baby. Soft and padded, these liners not only help to keep little limbs safely inside the crib, they also reduce the risks of suffocation and entanglement. BreathableBaby’s exclusive fabric promotes airflow and helps maintain air access. Sold for $28.99 on the Breathable Baby website and at Target.|
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