After months of waiting, finally we purchased our FIRST Baby clothes —> Sleep Sack Swaddle (from 1,550 to 1,400 pesos in one of our Birthing Class guest).
We opt for neutral color (even though I love to buy pink clothes for my baby girl) to maximize its use for the next baby =P We are hoping for a baby boy after 2 years hehe.
For info. Chiqui our Birthing Class Speaker suggested to use this swaddle wrap to eliminate SIDS.
What is SIDS?
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death in the United States for babies between 1 month and 1 year old (and other countries like Philippines).
SIDS isn’t any one illness or disease. Rather, it’s the diagnosis given when a child under a year old dies suddenly and an exact cause can’t be found after a death scene investigation, an autopsy, and a review of the child’s medical history. That it can happen without warning makes SIDS particularly devastating for families.
While SIDS can occur outside of cribs, it’s also known as crib death because it happens most often during sleep, usually between the hours of 10 at night and 10 in the morning.
What causes SIDS?
Most experts believe that SIDS occurs when a baby has an underlying vulnerability (such as immature or abnormal functioning of the heart, breathing, or arousal) and is exposed to certain stressors (such as sleeping tummy-down or on soft bedding) during a critical period of development.
A study published in February 2010 in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested another possible vulnerability. The researchers found that infants who died from SIDS had lower than normal levels of serotonin in the brainstem. Serotonin helps regulate breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure during sleep.
How can I lower my baby’s risk of SIDS?
1. Put your baby to sleep on her back.
This is one of the most important things you can do to help protect your baby.
A baby’s risk of SIDS has been found to be 1.7 to 12.9 times higher (depending on the study) if she sleeps on her tummy instead of her back. When a baby sleeps tummy-down, she’s more likely to overheat, have pauses in breathing, and re breathe the air she has just exhaled, which lacks oxygen.
Don’t put your baby to sleep on her side either, since babies placed on their side can easily end up on their tummy.
2. Choose bedding carefully.
Put your baby to sleep on a firm, flat mattress with no pillow or toys and nothing but a fitted sheet under him. (It’s okay to put a thin, tight-fitting mattress pad under the sheet to protect against diaper leaks.)
Several studies link soft sleeping surfaces, such as quilts, comforters, sofas, waterbeds, and beanbags to a higher risk of SIDS.(Sleeping with your baby on a couch or armchair carries a particularly high risk of SIDS and suffocation.) Even most regular adult mattresses are unsafe because they tend to be padded and covered with soft bedding.
Don’t use blankets either. If you think your baby is chilly, dress him in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas or a cotton one-piece under a wearable blanket or sleep sack – a sleeveless garment that’s closed along the bottom like a bag.
Don’t use products claiming to reduce the risk of SIDS, such as sleep positioners, wedges, or special mattresses. There’s no evidence that these work or that they’re even safe.
Finally, don’t let your baby sleep for extended periods in a car seat, stroller, swing, bouncy seat, infant carrier, or sling. This is particularly important for babies under 4 months because they can suffocate if their head rolls forward too much. If your baby falls asleep in one of these devices, transfer him to a crib or play yard as soon as is practical. When your baby is in an infant carrier or sling, make sure his nose and mouth are clear and not pressed against your body or the fabric.
3. Avoid overheating your baby.
To keep your baby from getting too warm while he sleeps, dress him in no more than one layer more than an adult would wear to be comfortable in that environment. Watch for signs of overheating such as sweating and damp hair.
Don’t cover your baby’s face or head with hats or hoods. (Unless your baby is premature, he won’t need the cap they give you at the hospital after the first few days.)
4. Get regular prenatal care.
5. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs during pregnancy.
6. Keep your baby away from cigarette smoke.
7. Make sure your baby gets all his vaccinations.
8. Breastfeed if you can.
9. Offer your baby a pacifier when you put him down to sleep.
Will Sharing a bed with my baby raise the risk of SIDS?
Studies have shown that bed-sharing can substantially increase the risk of SIDS or suffocation in certain situations. These include:
- when the infant is under 3 months old
- bed-sharing with a smoker or if the mother smoked during pregnancy
- bed-sharing with someone who is very tired or using sedating medication or substances
- bed-sharing with anyone who is not a parent, including other children, or with more than two people
- bed-sharing on a soft surface such as a couch or waterbed or with soft bedding, including pillows and heavy covers
On the other hand, some experts believe that bed-sharing might allow a mother to respond more quickly to changes in her baby’s breathing and movements, and that when risk factors like maternal smoking and tummy sleeping are removed, sharing a bed could lower the risk of SIDS.
Is it okay for me to swaddle my baby?
Some researchers suggest that swaddling – the practice of wrapping a baby securely in a blanket or cloth – may help prevent SIDS because it can help a baby sleep more soundly on his back. If your baby startles while he’s sleeping, his own body movements can wake him up. Swaddling can limit those movements and help a young baby feel more secure.
Other SIDS experts caution that swaddling could contribute to overheating. So if you do swaddle your baby, use a thin blanket and make sure the room isn’t too warm. And, of course, never put your baby on his tummy when he’s swaddled.