Congratulations to our winner Katie D.!
Last week was sleep awareness week, and it seems like a fitting time to highlight safe sleep practices for infants. This post is not intended to judge nor preach/tell you how to parent, but simply provide facts and great tips for sleep safety for our precious babies. I am the first one to say, in parenting you do what you have to do to make it work for your family, but it's also important to keep safety at the forefront of our often sleep deprived decisions. I am just a mom, though well versed on infant sleep, I am no expert, so I've partnered with my friend Jessica, the Baby Sleep Geek for some expertise; here are some great safety tips she recommends:
Having a newborn is utterly exhausting. Although the frequency varies widely from baby to baby, newborns are hardwired to wake frequently. It’s a survival mechanism in order to ensure they are getting the feedings they need to survive and to stay in check with their environment. As hard as it is during the first 2 months, keep in mind that this is absolutely temporary. After the first few months your baby’s night sleep will naturally lengthen and you can begin working on a foundation for healthy sleep that will further help night sleep consolidate. Until then, create a plan with your partner for how you will handle night wakings. It’s important to think ahead so that you don’t find yourself frustrated and desperate in the middle of the night.
Big thank you to Jessica for sharing her expertise and helping parents keep our little ones safe. To learn more about The Baby Sleep Geek check out her website and follow her on Facebook. Our friends at HALO are also committed to sleep safety, and you can find great resources including a safe sleep checklist and a brochures for caregivers over on their website
I'm SO excited that HALO has have offered to give one lucky reader a HALO SleepSack of their choice! Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. This giveaway will end at 12am EST on Wednesday, March 25th, at which time a winner will be drawn at random. Good Luck!
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I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!