09 Jun Safe sleep guidelines for your babies and infants
As a company who creates and manufactures the Hugg bedside crib it is important to remind ourselves and our customers of the importance of Safe Sleep Guidelines.
I had the pleasure of talking to Erica Hargaden of Babogue recently. Erica is a Child Sleep Consultant through her private practice Babogue. She is the creator of the video based online sleep program The Sleep Series. Not to forget she is a mother of 3 who has had her own journey with sleep deprivation with her first child. To date Erica has helped over 1,000 families get closer to their sleep goals. She very kindly contributed to this blog post with the following overview.
In 1992 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep and as a result deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs) have declined dramatically. However, sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia, have increased.
Below are the AAP recommendations when it comes to safe sleep for your infant and babies;
• Always use a firm sleep surface – car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
• The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
• Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads. I recommend the use of swaddling for newborns up to approx. 8 weeks of age and then sleep sacs such as grobags there after.
• Wedges and positioners should not be used – this includes sleep pods.
• Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
• Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth – period.
• Breastfeeding is recommended.
• Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
• Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
• Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
• Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
• Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
If you make the decision to co-sleep then please do so with some education behind it so that you are making informed decisions that protect the safety of your child.
Further guidelines and resources can be found at NICE, The Lullaby Trust UK, and UNICEF.
For more information check out www.babogue.com, @babogue_
The Bababou’s Safe bedside sleeping guidelines is also published on Bababou’s website at