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Safety is something that is always in the back of my mind and I am always paying attention when new safety advice and regulations are brought up. My mom babysits some of my nieces and nephews on a regular basis, so I’m constantly letting her know about the new regulations. She always seems exasperated by the new rules and comments about how back in the day they had hardly any rules and her kids turned out just fine. This is true, we didn’t have car seats and it was recommended that we sleep on our bellies. Yes, we did survive, but what about the kids who didn’t? What if the things we are now learning about and safety regulations we are advised to follow were in place back then? Maybe those kids would have survived if the same guidelines we have now were advised back then.
When my oldest was only a few months old, I had left him with a relative and when I came to pick him up I had found out that they had let him sleep on the couch without them in the room. This terrified me, but after talking with them I realized that back in the day, this is what they always did and now that we know better it’s my job to educate them.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell your parents or in-laws that the things they did while raising their kids back then were unsafe, but fortunately there is a brand new website to help educate grandparents. HALO has partnered with First Candle to promote a brand new website targeting grandparents called GrandparentTips.org. This website shares safety information and advice aimed specifically at grandparents caring for their grandchildren. The site also offers a free e-book for download called “A Grandparent’s Guide to a Safe Sleep over”. This particular guide focuses specifically on sleep safety, which is an area that is of particular concern for HALO.
This is a great website and I love that there is now a resource for grandparents. It makes having the “safety now vs. safety back then” talk a lot easier!
Since September is baby safety month I thought I would share some great sleeping tips that are important for everyone to remember.
Safe Sleep Tips
Share these tips with all caregivers to ensure safe sleep for your baby:
- 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 soft bedding 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.
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