Safe Sleep Support & Practical Advice for New Parents

Safe Sleep Support & Practical Advice for New Parents


Newborn babies will spend most of their early life, up to 16-17 hours per day, sleeping. Beyond feeding
and making sure that baby is getting everything they need to develop and grow optimally, we want to
make sure that they are ALWAYS safe!

More than 3,500 babies in the U.S. die suddenly and unexpectedly every year while sleeping, often due
to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation. It is well
accepted in the medical community that consistently practicing the “safe sleep” guidelines set by the
American Academy of Pediatrics is one of the best ways that you can protect babies from these
unexpected and accidental tragedies.

Some of these recommendations include:

  • Sleeping on their backs for all sleep times for the first year (until they can roll over and back
  • Using a firm sleep surface (crib or bassinet)
  • Room share with the baby for the first 6 months or, ideally, for the first year
  • Never place a baby to sleep on a couch, sofa, or armchair
  • Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment,
    suffocation, or strangulation out of the baby’s sleep area
  • Avoid overheating

While the specific recommendations do help to prevent SIDS and accidental suffocation and
strangulation, unfortunately they are not always followed.
Parents are often misinformed or confused about the safety, or lack of safety, of a particular practice or
product. Let’s face it, babies can be very fussy, they cry, they don’t sleep for long stretches at a time. All
of this will contribute to parents becoming more and more desperate to just get a few hours of sleep.
This is why in addition to reviewing safe sleep guidelines and normal newborn expectations and
behavior, I always discuss soothing techniques and tools or products that are both effective and safe.
One of the best baby products that I have come across for helping babies to self-soothe, sleep longer
and prevent overheating, suffocation and rolling over on to their bellies is the LOVE TO
DREAM™ SWADDLE UP™! It has become one of my top recommendations to all new parents because
it’s safe, it’s easy to use, and it works!


The unique design of this swaddle allows the baby’s arms to be up in a natural sleep position. This allows
baby to have access to their hands for self-soothing in order to settle themselves to sleep, by sucking on
their fingers or gently rubbing their cheeks. They can also help to prevent the baby from accidentally
rolling over on to their belly.
They are snugly fit, single layer breathable fabric, and easy to secure baby in with no experience or
instructions. This eliminates excess loose fabric in the crib that can happen with standard swaddle
blankets that come undone, as well as reduce overheating that can happen when these large blankets
are wrapped several times creating multiple layers of fabric over the baby.

Babies are used to the snugness of the womb which helps them to feel secure as well as suppress their
moro (startle) reflex. This all leads to a calmer baby that sleeps between feedings, as well as a safe
environment that parents can easily create and follow each time.
My Baby Experts ©
By: Shari Criso MSN, RN, CNM, IBCLC

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