Hello my friends. When I was pregnant with my first child Hedley back in 2003, I remember receiving quite a few adorable blankets and pillows. Much to my shock and chagrin, I couldn’t use any of these in Hedley’s crib. Those cute bumpers that matched my crib sheets? They ended up wrapped up in my laundry closet. The blanket with Hedley’s name crocheted around the edge? Well, that blanket never made it into this crib — rather, it came along for chilly walks around our neighborhood in his stroller. Hedley looked so cold and empty and small in his crib. But that was the way my doctor told me things had to be, because babies, he advised, need to sleep on a flat surface unobstructed by soft bedding that could interfere with their breathing.
According to a study recently published in the journal Pediatrics, today’s doctors need to be advising today’s new mamas in the same way that mine did back in 2004, because babies still need to sleep in a safe area free of soft bedding. The Pediatrics study found a correlation between bedding and SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
In an article published in The New York Times, Dr. Michael Goodstein, a neonatologist in York, Pa., states that “sleeping face down on soft bedding increases the risks of SIDS 21-fold.” The Times article further explains that half of all infants nationwide are being put to bed with a soft blanket, on a pillow, or covered by a comforter.
Stay safe, parents! Place your baby in a crib or a bassinet with only a fitted sheet. If you’re concerned with comfort and warmth, swaddle or investigate fitted sleep sacks, a good and safe alternatives to bedding.
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