How to Keep Your Baby Safe in a Carrier: With the recent deaths of newborns in slings it is important to be educated on safety when carrying your baby. SIDS and suffocation is always an area of concern to new moms. Recent SIDS information tells us that air flow is the thing to watch for. Carry your baby in a way, so he is face up, face free of fabric, and do not allow his chin to roll down onto his chest. The chin to chest position decreases their airflow. The flollowing are just a few places that I often see moms place their babies in a dangerous position. Places to watch for clear air flow to protect your baby:
1. CARRIERS/SLINGS: Keep his mouth away from any fabric. Place your baby’s head so it is not covered up by the carrier. No chin to chest position.
2. CRIB: use no bumpers pads (except breathable types) and no blankets. Place your baby on its back only. And even better have a fan running in the room to increase air flow in the crib.
3. CAR SEATS: Do not place a blanket up and over baby’s face or over the handle. This creates an environment where baby is re-breathing his own air. Look for free flowing air around baby at all times. Watch that baby does not get into the chin to chest position.
4. HOLDING baby on your chest. Make sure the baby’s air way is clear and face is turned away from your body. In fact when possible turn him over so he is belly up. Watch that he does not get into the chin to chest position.
5. CO-SLEEPING: Do not hold baby tummy down on your chest. This also creates the same re-breathing of air situation. Place baby on his back on the mattress away from pillows, blankets, or moms body.
6. TUMMY TIME: Babies should only be placed on their tummy when awake and being supervised by a parent. Do not allow your baby to sleep on his tummy either in a crib, on the floor, or on your chest.
Our store carries the Ergo Baby Carrier and the Baby K’Tan Carriers. These both allow for proper positioning for your baby. We also carry the Breathable Bumpers and Wonder Bumpers, both which create good airflow in the crib. We also carry the SNUZA Motion Monitor that gives you peace of mind that your baby is sleep safely. Download our FREE Sleep Safety Tips Sheet in PDF format.
1. Face up
2. No chin to chest
3. No fabric creating tent
4. No fabric blocking airflow
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Date: June 30, 2010