Thank you to Halo Sleep for providing me with a sleepsack and inspiring this post on SIDS Awareness. October is SIDS Awareness Month, and just because the month is almost over, it doesn’t mean we should stop thinking about it.
SIDS is the leading cause of death for children under 12 months of age. While they do not know exactly what causes SIDS, there are things that you can do to help reduce the risk of SIDS.
Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. If you’re concerned about your baby staying cozy, consider a Halo sleepsack. Dress your baby in a light sleeper on onesie with the sleepsack, as you do not want your baby to get too hot while they sleep. Infants cannot regulate temperature the same way adults can.
Use a firm sleep surface covered by a fitted sheet. Also consider which mattress you are using. I’ve read some theories that the “off-gassing” of chemicals used in some mattresses may be harmful to your baby. It’s worth researching.
Don’t let your baby sleep alone on an adult bed, couch, or chair – or with anyone else. If your baby is alone, they could fall off, and if sleeping with someone else, there is a greater risk of someone rolling on top of the baby – particularly if they’ve been drinking or on any medications that may change their mental state.
Don’t place soft toys, blankets or other objects in your babies crib. This includes wedges, sleep positioners and fabric bumpers.
Do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby. This includes letting people who have recently smoked hold your baby, as second hand smoke lingers on their clothing.
Breastfeed your baby and consider giving your baby a pacifier for naps and bedtime.