The folks at MAM recently sent me an article that they are working on for National Baby Safety Month (that’s September in case you were wondering). It covers some great points that I’ve been meaning write about so I said, “Hey, this is a great post. What do you think about me running it then giving away all the items you mention in the post?” So all the partners included here said, “sure!” (because they are awesome) so the end of this post has an epic giveaway. Hey, just because we all want to be safe doesn’t mean we don’t want to win gorgeous stuff, right?
As parents, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our babies. In observance of #NationalBabySafetyMonth @MAMbabyUSA shares some recommendations to provide infants with a safe sleep environment and to help you and your baby rest easier at night:
Back to sleep
Always place baby to sleep on their backs. Because babies sleeping on their sides are more likely to accidentally roll onto their stomach, the side position is just as dangerous as the stomach position.
Use a pacifier
Consider pacifier usage when placing baby down for sleep and remember that the pacifier may not be reinserted once the infant falls asleep. Pacifier use is shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. MAM supports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published guidelines for pacifier usage. In addition, MAM recommends before placing a pacifier in baby’s mouth, check to see if there is any damage for signs of weakness. Pull the pacifier nipple in all directions and throw away the pacifier at the first sign of damage or weakness. Pay extra attention to your child’s pacifier as teeth emerge, which can occur as early as 1 month. Replace pacifiers frequently – every 1 to 2 months. See more at www.mambaby.com.
Avoid letting baby get too hot
The baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash, and rapid breathing. One of the best ways to ensure your baby can regulate their body temperature while they’re asleep is to dress them in natural fibers, like cotton, bamboo and merino. ergoPouch swaddles, wearable sleep bags and suits are a great choice when it comes to correctly dressing your baby for sleep as the entire range is made from natural fibers with tog (warmth) ratings to suit every temperature and season. If you choose the correct, tog-rated swaddle or wearable sleep bag/suit, your baby won’t require blankets which can place them at risk of SIDS. Set the room temperature in a range too that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
Make certain baby is sleeping safely in a crib that meets the latest U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards. Ensure that nothing in your nursery including the paint and furnishings contains harmful chemicals or toxins. Micuna offers a collection of safe and stylish cribs made of sustainable materials like solid Beech Wood from sustainable forests. Place the crib away from windows, where direct sunlight and drafts can make your baby uncomfortable. Keep baby’s crib or bassinet away from blinds or drapery, which are strangulation hazards.
Place baby on a firm mattress, covered by a fitted sheet that meets current safety standards. Look for a breathable crib mattress designed for baby’s health, safety and comfort such as the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress which is Greenguard Gold Certified. Remove all soft objects from the crib, including bumper pads, blanket, pillows, & stuffed toys.
Win the Safer Sleep Giveaway!
Win over $1,600 in prizes from MAM baby, ergoPouch, Micuna and Newton. Open to the U.S.
Here’s what you can win!
A MAM prize package of assorted MAM items, bottles, pacifiers, oral care items, drinking cups and teethers.
MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on five continents.
Three ergoCocoon Swaddle to Sleep Bags from ergoPouch
$90 to $150 value (depending on the warmth rating you choose)
The award-winning ergoPouch collection includes the ergoCocoon ‘no origami’ baby swaddle to sleep bags are designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from. The simple zip up design will keep baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping. The ergoCocoon is made from skin-friendly, organic cotton outer layer and breathable organic cotton filling, never synthetic. The entire range has also been acknowledged as ‘hip-healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for our ergonomically designed bell shaped bottom, which provides extra leg room for healthy hips. For those bubs that like a little more freedom or are ready to transition out of a swaddle, the ergoCocoon has poppers in the armholes that can be used to convert from a swaddle to a sleeping bag. Tog rated for warmth, there is an ergoPouch swaddle to suit every season.
A Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress
It’s the only 100% breathable, 100% washable and 100% recyclable crib mattress!
The innovative design allows air to flow freely for optimal breathability and temperature regulation and it’s perfect level of cushy firmness helps your baby stay asleep. The completely washable core prevents bacteria growth – and allows you to rinse off any less-than-adorable moments. The core is made of 90% free flowing
air – yes air – and 10% food-grade polymer. It’s all wrapped up in a breathable, three-dimensional fabric that provides comfort and unzips for easy washing.
The Wovenaire Crib Mattress contains no foam, latex, springs, glue, or allergens and is GREENGUARD Certified.
Micuna LIFE Crib
A crib that grows with your baby from birth, the LIFE crib stands out for the many color combination possibilities mom or dad can choose, as well as for its longer life, being able to convert into a bed with easy assembly.
With four initial color tones already set for you, you also have a range of 16 spindle shades from which you can choose three and combine them with the crib base in natural wood or white.
You’ll have a blast being so creative and customizing your dream crib.
Valencia, Spain-based Micuna is a global leader in the manufacturing of furniture and accessories for babies and children. Recognized for their commitment to design, quality and safety of its products, Micuna was one of the first Spanish companies to comply with the high standards of European quality and safety. Micuna products are crafted with eco-friendly practices and materials including wood obtained from sustainable forests. The Micuna U.S. collection includes the OVO high chair, SMART bassinet, LIFE crib collection and HARMONY evolutive crib.
Whew! What an awesome prize! Good luck!