Saturday, September 19, 2015

Then Vs Now Safety ~ Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

All of us parents take the safety of our children very seriously. A few months ago, I had a conversation with my Mom about safe sleeping for babies. She told me that when I was born the doctors TOLD her to lay me on my stomach to sleep at the hospital, so that is what she did back then. We all know now that "Back Is Best" when putting a little one to sleep, but back then they weren't aware of this. 
During that same chat with my Mom, we started discussing other things safety related from car seats with 5 point harnesses to the safety standards on toys that are so different now compared to when I was a little one in the 80's. Now I am not saying my parents were slacking in the safety department at all. My Mom and Dad both had us hook our seat belts, and I was one of the few kids I knew that had parents who made them sit in a "booster" seat. Can even remember my cousins making fun of me when I was probably in PreSchool or Kindergarten saying that I was in a baby seat! Times have changed though, and you can really see how much in the infographic below from HALO Innovations, the company that brought us the HALO SleepSack and many other wonderful products to keep baby safe while sleeping. 

(Make sure to take a look at my reviews of the HALO SleepSack and the HALO SleepSack Early Walker to find out more about these products)
Back is best when it comes to sleeping, but what about when baby visits their grandparent's home? Are they up to date with all the new safety norms, and how to keep your little ones safe? 

First Candle's new website, GrandParentTips.orgthat launched recently will help bridge the generation gap, and has plenty of resources for grandparents to familiarize themselves with the safety standards of now. You will find downloadable brochures, multiple videos on safety, links to health and safety websites, and tons of informative articles on safe sleeping for baby too. While checking out this new resource, make sure to grab the free e-book on safe sleeping for baby"A Grandparent's Guide to a Safe Sleep Over". 

Take a look at these wonderful safety tips to ensure your little is Safely Sleeping.  

  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all blankets, comforters and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
  • Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.
  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
To celebrate Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month & the new website GrandParentTips, HALO has graciously sponsored a giveaway here on Coupons and Lesson Plans! One lucky person will win either a HALO SleepSack Swaddle or HALO SleepSack in boy, girl or gender neutral print/color! Winner's Choice!

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Good Luck to Everyone!!!

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  1. Reviewing how car seat straps should fit would be handy for a lot of parents who haven't had to deal with driving babies around in a long time!

  2. One thing I learned that I'd never really thought about is keeping a crib away from a window, because of both the fall risk and the chance of strangulation from a cord or blind or something. We don't have any windows in our daughter's nursery, but it's a really good thought for if/when we move & have the babies in rooms that have a window(s).

  3. i think all parents should read and use these things. your babies's safety is the most improtant thing. right!!?? tks for your useful post!

  4. I have 2 babies. I understand what you share. Caring for babies younger than 2 years is the most difficult. Thanks for share.


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