I think babies are awesome! My absolute favorite stage is newborns because they are so tiny and cuddly. It’s so easy to strap them into a front carrier and just cherish every moment. Then, they grow up on me and are little balls of energy! With October being National SIDS Awareness Month, I was happy to partner with Nested Bean to share a few tips for safer sleeping habits.
- No Stuff & No Fluff: Avoid putting any blankets, stuffed animals, toys, or side bumpers in the crib as it’s easy for a young child to suffocate while sleeping. Young infants don’t have much muscle strength yet and may not be able to re-position themselves if they are struggling to breathe.
- Take Bibs Off For Bedtime: Our kiddos were spitters so they practically lived in bibs. However, during naps and bedtime, I would make sure to remove as the chance for strangulation is a very real threat.
- Remove Pacifier From Clip On Holder: Also a strangulation worry are those convenient nuk holders. I love clipping them right onto baby’s shirt and not having to worry about falling to the floor. But during sleep, the, albeit short, cord could still fall across the baby’s neck and pose a real danger.
- Back To Sleep: A common phrase you’ll hear is “back to sleep” and that’s because it is now recommended that children are always placed on their back when put in their crib.
For even more information, head over to the Nested Bean website for their SIDS – The Facts And What They Mean article.
I’m a huge fan of swaddle blankets. They are typically generously sized, work great when needing a cover, and are multi-purpose. However, it’s recommended to use a more secure swaddle system when putting baby to bed. That’s where The Nested Bean Zen Swaddle comes in. They’ve designed their swaddle to provide the soothing benefits of touch and while helping babies feel more secure which leads to sleeping longer.
I love how easy the Zen Swaddle is to operate and it’s actually designed to be used a few different ways. For newborns through about 6 weeks, there’s actually a little pouch to tuck baby’s legs in to and then use the wings to swaddle as normal. Once baby is about 6 weeks old, just use the outer sack and wings. Then, as baby gets more independent, the Zen Swaddle easily allows for an “arms out” swaddling too! The wings secure easily in any mode with a velcro closure.
The gently weighted center and sides are comforting to baby and the materials used to create the Zen Swaddle are luxuriously soft. Overall, this is an amazing swaddle that I wish I would have had for all of our kiddos!
Buy It: Head over to Nested Bean to learn more about what they offer.
Win It: Nested Bean is generously offering one of our lucky readers their very own Zen Swaddle! This giveaway is open to the US only and will end November 5th, 2016. For your chance to win, enter the Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!
I’m a city girl turned country by my awesome husband and we have three busy boys and two darling daughters. I love spending time with my family, reading Karen Kingsbury novels, and catching up with friends while our kiddos have play dates. I’m blessed beyond measure and can’t wait to see what God has in store.
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