Children’s safety has changed quite a bit since we were children. Has it been a challenge for you personally to educate grandparents? Have your parents been resistant to change when caring for your children? How have you approached this conversion with them? Sponsored by HALO Innovations (the maker of the HALO SleepSack and HALO Bassinest) and First Candle, GrandparentTips.org (launching 9/13) shares safety information and advice aimed specifically at grandparents caring for their grandchildren. The site also offers a free e-book for download: "A Grandparent's Guide to a Safe Sleep Over". This guide focuses specifically on sleep safety, an area that is of particular concern for HALO. Here are a few essential tips
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 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.