Sunday, May 17, 2015

Safe Sleeping and why you should not let baby sleep in a car seat, bouncer or swing.

Very important advice here - around about 28 weeks of pregnancy midwives the importance of safe sleeping for baby. Government advice recommends the following :

Baby sleeps in their own bed (no bed sharing), Face up, Face clear and smoke free.  Do not have any pillows or toys in the bed with baby.  Also, fasten the safety harness first and then put the wrap over baby.  If going on a journey, stop and have a break after two hours travel, take baby out of the car seat and let him/her have a feed and a stretch before continuing your journey.  

"Babies need between 12 and 16 hours of sleep each day depending on their age. But where they sleep is even more important than how much they sleep—and a new study set to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that “sitting devices” like car seats, swings, and bouncers can lead to injury and even death if babies are allowed to sleep in them.

Researchers examined the deaths of 47 young children under the age of 2, all of which occurred while in a device made for sitting or carrying. Two-thirds of the deaths occurred in car seats, while the rest occurred in slings, swings, bouncers, and strollers.  Asphyxiation (positional or strangulation) was the cause of death in 46 cases; 52 percent of the deaths were caused by strangulation from the device’s straps.

Related: How Safe Is Your Baby’s Sleep?
Sleep-related deaths are the number one cause of death in kids between 1 and 12 months old. To avoid injury or death, experts urge parents to never, under any circumstance, leave infants and young children unsupervised—sleeping or awake—while in these devices. They also advise that car seats should only be placed on a firm, stable surface and any buckles should be fastened correctly.

The best place for your baby to sleep is on her back, in a crib that has a firm mattress and is free from any loose bedding. To be sure your baby’s sleep environment is as safe as can be, check out the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Safe sleep 

Safe Sleeping

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