While many parents use baby sleeping bags to make sure their children stay warm at night, they have another significant benefit – sleeping bags can reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
When our first baby was born like all new parents we worried about our baby sleeping safely through the night. When my kids were newborns and they were not crying I could not help but check if they were still breathing.
Baby sleeping bags are the simplest and safest way to put your baby to sleep.
Babies spend most their early life sleeping so it is important that they are comfortable, warm and most importantly safe.
Baby sleep bags give you the security of knowing that baby is sleeping safely.
The important benefit of a sleeping bag is that it keeps a baby’s head uncovered.
Baby sleeping bags are effective because they:
- Prevent a baby’s legs from dangling out between got rails and getting caught
- Lessen the likelihood that baby’s will roll on to their tummy
- Stops a baby’s head from being covered by loose blankets in the cot
- Ensure babies stay warm at night
The SIDS and Kids Safe sleeping recommendations are essential to know for anyone who cares for or works with babies and infants.
Since the SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping campaign began much has been done to reduce the number of babies dying from SIDS. In fact figures show that Australia’s SIDS rate has decline by a massive 85 per cent since the introduction of the campaign. That equates to the saving of more than 6,500 lives
To give you an example of the difference the SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping campaign has made, figures from the ABS show that 500 babies died in 1989 and in 2010 that figure was reduced to 81.
When choosing a baby sleep bag make sure you choose one that is easy to put on your child. In my experience I liked the front zip bag for younger babies and the side opening zips are better for toddlers as it is harder for them to undo the zipper.
There are so many sleeping bags to choose from with most designs following fashion trends in theme and colours such as nautical or vintage florals.
As well as using a baby sleeping bag, the risk of SIDS can be reduced by sleeping baby on their back, having a smoke-free environment, sleeping their baby on their own for the first six months and if possible breatfeeding.
For more information on safe sleeping go to http://www.plumcollections.com.au/Sleeping-Bags/Safe-Sleeping