As the founder of HALO Innovations and a SIDS father, I am excited to launch our very own blog! As many of your already know, I lost my daughter to SIDS in 1991 and have committed my life to raising awareness about safe sleep for babies to prevent other parents from experiencing the same unimaginable loss of a child.
It is my intention that this blog – Crib Notes – will serve as a resource for parents, grandparents and caregivers of babies and toddlers. We have a great group of doctors, childbirth educators, industry experts, and of course our loyal HALO Moms, on board to contribute content to this blog. Together we can help all babies sleep safely.
One area of sleep safety that gains so little coverage is the importance of educating grandparents and caregivers about safe sleep practices. How many of us have been told: “You slept on your stomach and you survived”? When it comes to parenting, there are so many different schools of thought, especially across the generations. At HALO, we recently conducted a survey of more than 1,000 parents and grandparents about their attitudes to infant sleep safety and the results were quite startling.
We found that grandparents are more likely than parents to place babies on their sides or stomachs to sleep, and are more likely to place unnecessary and potentially dangerous objects in the crib (stuffed animals, pillows, etc), increasing the risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation.
Forty percent of the parents surveyed with a child age 2 or under expressed concern that their parents or in-laws may not always follow their instructions about how to safely put their baby down to sleep. (Read more about our findings)
It is with these startling facts, that we strive to educate all caregivers. For tips on how to keep your child or grandchild sleeping safely, read our Safe Sleep Tips and check back regularly for more helpful information here, on HALO Crib Notes.