As Infants are unable to control their own sleeping environment – they are reliant on parents and caregivers to keep them safe. The good news is, there are positive steps that parents and carers can take to make the sleeping environment safer for infants. Thanks to The Gro Company and Kidsafe we will share these tips with you in over the next few weeks.
As warm and snuggly as they may look, your baby’s face and head should always remain uncovered during sleep to reduce the risk of suffocation and overheating.
Babies regulate their body temperature mainly through their head and face, with the head (particularly the face) the main route for heat loss. Current research confirms that if your baby becomes too hot, the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is increased, with the risk even higher if baby is sleeping on their tummy.
Therefore, sleeping your baby on their back with their head and face uncovered is the best way to protect your little one from overheating.
A safe baby sleeping bag is great way to sleep your baby. Using a baby sleeping bag that is the correct weight and size eliminates the need for any bedding, meaning there is no possibility of your little one pulling the blankets up over their head and face, reducing the risk of overheating or suffocation. Research has also shown that a baby sleeping bag will delay infants rolling onto their tummies during sleep until they are past the age of peak risk of SIDS and will keep their temperature at a more constant level while sleeping.
Make sure you choose a safe baby sleeping bag – one designed especially for babies with fitted neck and armholes and no hood – such as the multi award-winning Grobag from The Gro Company.
If in doubt, always consult your doctor, paediatrician or specialist.
This post was brought to you by The Gro Company – The “official” baby sleep bag brand.
Having teamed up with Kidsafe Australia, The Gro Company and Kidsafe Australia are proud to announce a true collaboration, both working towards a safer sleep environment for children. This partnership will continue the important education and awareness raising on safer sleep practices for children.