When my son was born, the nurses swaddled him with those big hospital receiving blankets, but I could never get them to work for me. I worried the blanket would come undone during the night, and perhaps he'd suffocate. And wasn't that sending a mixed message to tell me to swaddle my baby and not use blankets in the crib, but then swaddle with a blanket that could come loose?
I believe strongly in teaching moms to swaddle safely with a wearable blanket like the HALO SleepSack. (I LOVE them!). Hospitals are the first place most new moms learn about how to care for their newborn, and so, medical professionals should be modeling safe sleep practices like correct swaddling!
Now, HALO SleepSack has introduced the HALO Safer Way to Sleep® Initiative. Adopted by more than 800 hospitals nationwide and growing, this program provides hospital nurseries and NICUs an opportunity to educate parents and caregivers about safe sleep environments by using HALO SleepSack wearable blankets in-hospital and providing them as gifts to parents through their Take-Home program.
HALO is offering hospitals free samples of their SleepSacks to replace typical nursery blankets. The SleepSacks are specially designed for repeated nursery use, and also have openings for monitors leads for babies who need extra care. And, HALO will send information for hospitals to share with parents about safe sleep measures.
Wow I sure wish my hospital would partcipate in this program (and I am going to find out if they will join!).
If you're expecting, you should contact your hospital and find out if they are participating in this great initiative!
And be sure to take a look at these safe sleep tips from HALO:
- Place baby to sleep on his or her back.
- Use a crib mattress that fits snuggly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
- Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area ( loose blankets, bumpers and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
- Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep.
- Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
- Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.