Safe Sleep for Newborns & How Swaddling Can Help Prevent SIDS

By Sara Bonnett

First things first, congratulations! Most likely, you’re either expecting, or you just brought a new beautiful little soul into the world.

Having done countless hours of research into newborn safety before giving birth means you probably already know that having a safe sleep environment is vital to the health and safety of your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Let’s face it, newborn babies sleep a lot. Actually, they sleep for an average of 16hrs in one day. But usually not for more than a couple of hours at a time, which most likely explains why you're so tired. With your sleepy little bundle of joy waking up often for feeds, changes, and of course, cuddles; a full night’s sleep for you may be a parental pipedream, for now at least.

Safe Sleep for Newborns


Tip 1# Provide Your Newborn With a Safe Sleep Environment By Using the ABC Technique

If you find yourself constantly worrying about your newborn while they are sleeping - you're not alone! But follow the ABC’s of safe sleep and both you and baby will be able to rest easier. Let’s dive right in.

ABC stands for :

  • Alone - It can be so difficult to resist cuddling with your sleepy newborn, or falling asleep with them on your chest but this sadly leads to hundreds of preventable infant deaths every year. This can happen on sofa’s, beds, or rockers. The best way to stay close to your newborn while they sleep is to create a safe sleep area next to your bed. We used bed-side bassinets for our twins and they worked great!
  • Back - There have been a lot of conflicting information on this subject throughout the years, but the most recent studies agree that it is safest for newborns to sleep on their backs. Newborns that do sleep on their stomachs can slightly increase their risk of SIDS either due to breathing difficulty or overheating.
    • Crib - The safest place for your little one to sleep is in his or her crib with nothing but a tight bedsheet over the mattress. Crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals are cute, but shouldn't be left in the crib while your newborn is sleeping. This is where a Swajama can really be great because it keeps your newborn feeling warm and secure even in an empty crib. 


    Tip 2# How Swaddling Can Help Prevent SIDS

    Swaddling isn't a  new trendy practice, it's actually been around for thousands of years. There have even been swaddles found in grave goods from over 4,000 years ago! Experts say that swaddling your newborn can help reduce the risk of SIDS for a few different reasons. One main reason is that it reduces the temptation to place a loose blanket in the crib with your baby because they are already wrapped up so snug. Swaddling can also help prevent your newborn from rolling onto his or her stomach in the middle of the night. A lot of parents, myself included, also say that swaddling helps calm down their fussy baby, allowing them to get to sleep faster, and stay asleep longer.

    Swaddling is meant to mimic a mother's womb and provide your baby with a safe sleep, ease their restlessness, and improve sleeping patterns.

    It is however important that you swaddle correctly. You want to reap the benefits of swaddling your newborn without causing unnecessary harm to your baby. Make sure that the swaddle you use is "Hip-Healthy" and certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. You also want to avoid wrapping your newborn in too many layers, or over-tightening the swaddle as these can lead to overheating. 

    Swaddling your baby can seem tricky to new moms, but when done correctly, there are a wide range of benefits that come with it. Make sure to read the AAP guidelines for swaddling your baby if you are still looking for more information, and if you're in the market for a new swaddle make sure to check out our Swajamas! They are hip healthy certified, light and breathable to prevent overheating. Browse our available styles here to pick out the perfect color or city that matches your vibe! 


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