Best practice' is something a new parent is going to hear a lot after the arrival of a newborn baby, particularly in relation to breast feeding & sleeping routines. Now we can't help you in any sort of knowledgeable way when it comes to breast feeding, but sleeping, now that is something we know. So for every new parent who is confused with the safest way to sleep your new bundle of joy here are the basic facts (or 'best practice')
- Side or stomach sleeping is not advisable: This is a really important one - Studies have found that the side sleep position is unstable and can increase the change of a baby rolling onto his/her stomach. Sleep your baby on his/her back for EVERY sleep.
- It is important to never sleep your baby overnight with a beanie or hat on as this may cause over-heating. Hats purchased with our wraps are for 'out and about'. The best practice is to keep the room temperature at a comfortable condition for a lightly clothed adult.
- If you are wrapping or swaddling your baby, then it is important to limit the use of blankets or duvets as well, not only can this lead to overheating, but there is a chance of your baby slipping under the covers while asleep. The best practice is to add layers UNDER the wrap, swaddle or sleeping bag to achieve the desired warmth.
- Use a firm sleep surface: Best practice is to use a firm mattress, covered by a sheet.
- Once your baby starts to turn over, you must stop wrapping/swaddling and move to a sleeping bag option.
- Ensure that everyone who wraps/swaddles baby is aware of these best practice recommendations.