Sadly, in the United States, approximately 2,300 babies die unexpectedly from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS typically occurs in babies between one month and one year of age and the cause of death is undetermined. Fortunately, a nationwide awareness campaign promoting what parents can do to help reduce the risk of SIDS has resulted in a 50% decline the occurrence of SIDS in the past 20 years.
Nationally, October is known as SIDS Awareness Month as part of the on-going efforts to continue to help people learn more about what they can do to reduce the risk of SIDS in babies. It’s not just parents who need to be aware of the measures to take to reduce SIDS, but also child care providers, relatives, grandparents, babysitters and health care professionals.
It’s likely that many of us have either been directly affected by SIDS or know someone who has been touched by SIDS. Our babies and children are the most precious gifts, so please learn all you can about safe sleep for babies and share that information with other new parents, relatives, friends and anyone who might care for a baby under the age of one.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following safe sleep practices:
- Place baby on her back to sleep for bedtime and naps. Because baby can roll onto her tummy from her side, placing baby to sleep on her side is not recommended.
- Don’t put baby to sleep with a blanket or over-bundle them in clothing to sleep.
- Avoid letting baby get too hot when sleeping. Baby could be too hot while sleeping if you notice that your baby is sweaty, flushed or has a heat rash.
You can read more here about the recommendations from AAP for safe sleep environments and tummy time:
American Academy of Pediatrics Parent’s Guide to Safe Sleep
Baby Sleep Bags
Baby sleep bags or baby sleep sacks are widely used by parents in the place of a blanket. By design, they are made to help babies stay warm at night but won’t cover baby’s head, can’t be kicked off and still allow room for movement and shifting while sleeping. Sleeps sacks are generally available in merino wool, cotton and fleece. Previously, the use of a baby sleep bag was primarily focused on replacing blankets in the crib to ensure bedding stays away from baby’s face. Recently completed research suggests that the type of material is also an important consideration to help avoid overheating in babies when they sleep.
The new research indicates that merino wool may be the best option for helping regulate baby’s temperature and comfort over other material like fleece. Merino wool has higher moisture vapor absorption which means baby is less likely to get damp from perspiration and is better at protecting baby from chilled air while still allowing moist air to disperse. Both of these features can significantly help with keeping a baby from overheating. Additionally, merino wool is a natural and renewable fiber which may be preferable over a more synthetic fabric like fleece.
As part of promoting safe sleep practices and SIDS Awareness Month, we are fortunate to be teaming up with Baby Sleep Bags to give away a Merino Kids Baby Sleep Bag (retail value $119) to one The Baby Sleep Site™ reader. The Merino Kids Baby Sleep Bags are available for babies 0-2 years of age and for toddlers 2-4 years of age. These baby sleep bags are cuddly soft and made with all natural pure unbleached merino wool for the inner layer with an outer layer of all natural cotton which make them allergy safe and perfect for babies with eczema or sensitive skin. You can read more here about how Merino Kids Baby Sleep Bags help regulate body temperature and the other beneficial characteristics of merino wool.
The winner will be able to choose from Fairy Rose or French Navy colors for their sleep sack. Please read below for instructions on how to enter to win.
As part of The Baby Sleep Site’s™ on-going commitment to promoting SIDS awareness and safe sleep practices, we will also be donating $1 per entry or comment* in the giveaway to First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization to advance infant health and survival.
You can enter the giveaway using one the methods listed below. You don’t have to enter the giveaway but please feel free to comment and add to the donation to First Candle.
Deadline to enter is Sunday, October 31, 2010, 8:59 p.m. EDT.
Here is how you can enter:
(*Please note this prize is available to US residents only.)
1. Leave a comment below – 1 entry
2. Tweet to promote SIDS Awareness with a link back to this post and the tag #SIDSAwareness. The tag will allow us to track and locate your tweet entry. – 1 entry per tweet. Can tweet daily.
Sample Tweet: “October is SIDS Awareness Month. Read how to reduce the risks of SIDS http://bit.ly/a3Z6Rw #SIDSAwareness”
Sample Tweet: “October is SIDS Awareness Month. Donation for every entry here: http://bit.ly/a3Z6Rw #SIDSAwareness”
3. Subscribe to this blog – 1 entry
4. Share this post on Facebook and remind your friends that October is SIDS Awareness month- 1 entry
5. Blog about SIDS Awareness and this giveaway on your blog. Include a link to this post in your blog post. Please post a link to your blog post in the comments. Blog posts must be posted publicly and not on membership sites to be entered. – 10 entries
*Note: Maximum donation will be capped at $1,000