AAP Guidelines on Safe Sleep and How You Can Start Practicing
In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidelines for infant safe sleep. The AAP suggests that a safe sleep environment can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The guidelines recommend safe sleep practices that can be implemented by all parents and caregivers to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths. The guidelines highlighted below are those related to safe sleep that closely align with HALO’s mission and our product line available to you!
Back to sleep for every sleep
To reduce the risk of SIDS, your child should be placed for sleep on his back for every sleep until he’s one year old.
Why To Choose HALO: “Back is best” embroidery on all HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets reminds caregivers to place baby to sleep on his back at nap time and night time.
Room share for the first 6 months or, ideally, for the first year
It is recommended that infants sleep in the parent’s room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months. There is evidence that sleeping in the parent’s room, but on a separate surface decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%. Infants who are brought into the bed for feeding or comforting should be returned to their own crib or bassinet when the parent is ready to return to sleep.
Why To Choose HALO: The HALO® Bassinest® swivel sleeper allows baby to sleep right next to parents at night time, while remaining in their own separate and protected sleep space. The use of the HALO Bassinest is an ideal alternative for close, safe sleep.
Baby's Crib Should be Bare
Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation. Infant sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket, is preferable to blankets and other coverings to keep the infant warm while reducing the chance of head covering or entrapment that could result from blanket use.
Why To Choose HALO: The HALO® SleepSack® swaddle and HALO® SleepSack® are the original wearable blanket designed keep baby warm at night while reducing the risk of suffocation that can be caused by items such as loose blankets or soft bedding.
Source: SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment AAP Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome