SIDS Awareness – Decorate the Nursery, Not the Crib – Giveaway
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Did you know that more than half of all sudden unexpected infant deaths are preventable when proper safe sleep practices are followed? October is SIDS Awareness Month and HALO is asking YOU to help us raise awareness about safe sleep for babies.
For the month of October, HALO is running a campaign to “Decorate the Nursery, Not the Crib”. We’re asking parents to share photos of their baby’s nursery to showcase their unique style and highlight the safe sleep environment they have created for their baby.
I remember taking a birthing class at the hospital when I was super pregnant with my first born. They showed us how to swaddle, how to diaper, how to bath, and how to hold a baby. They also told us the importance of keeping the baby’s crib very basic without any decoration, a very snug sheet, and a firm mattress. The safer the sleep environment the less risk of SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. No fancy pillow or bumper is worth losing a child – at least that is how I feel.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SIUD) still claims more than 3,500 infants each year in North America. More than half of these deaths are preventable when proper safe sleep practices are followed. To help keep all babies sleeping safely and avoid these unnecessary tragedies, HALO is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. In fact, over 1,400 hospitals use HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Hospital Initiative. Through this program HALO has helped Hospitals and Birth Centers throughout North America create their own safe sleep programs, which utilize the HALO SleepSack Swaddle to demonstrate to parents and caregivers how to keep their babies sleeping safely. To date, HALO has donated more than $4.3 million in its efforts to promote safe sleep education.
Although it was tempting to register for some gorgeous baby bedding sets with pillows, blankets and bumpers – I just kept it simple and registered for some really fancy and oh so soft organic fitted sheets.
I stuck with that same mentality after my second and third babies were born. And I always try to kindly advise new moms to do the same.
Here is where Anthony sleeps – I went with a really beautiful crib in an antiqued grey, bought some really soft sheets with a nautical theme and then went from there with the decor. I love his room and he is safe in there and that is all that really matters!
My three babies have all worn HALO wearable blankets. These blankets have kept them snuggly and warm and safe. Now that Anthony is almost 2, he is wearing a HALO SleepSack® Early Walker Micro-Fleece for these colder Fall nights. My mind is at ease knowing he is safe and warm – and I can rest too!
What are the components of a safe sleep environment?
- A firm mattress that fits snuggly with no gaps
- A tightly fitted crib sheet
- No soft bedding at all (no bumpers, pillows, positioners, loose blankets, toys or stuffed animals)
- No baby monitors or other items that have cords
- A wearable blanket instead of a loose blanket
A safe crib vs an unsafe crib.
Enter to win a “Safe Sleep Starter Kit” – The starter kit includes a HALO SleepSack Swaddle and SleepSack, pacifier, onesie and fitted crib sheet. Good luck!