Ways to Keep Baby Warm at Night

Keep Baby Warm at NightAfter the birth of my first child, I was always concerned about whether he was warm enough at night. It’s not like he could sit up and tell me that he was chilly, so I had to use the few clues available (the temperature of his skin, mostly) to make a determination.

We know that it’s not safe to use blankets and bedding in a newborn’s crib because they increase the chance of our children succumbing to SIDS. So we have to take some other precautions to make sure our children are nice and warm.

Set the temperature right

A baby is most comfortable in room maintained at about 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (in fact, most people would agree that’s the ideal temperature). If you don’t have a thermostat for your baby’s sleeping room, measure it with a standard thermometer.

If you use a space heater in the room, make sure it’s fireproof and positioned at least four feet away from the crib.

Position the crib properly

You don’t want the crib right against the heater, nor do you want it next to a window. The temperature will spike in either of these places. Place it near the center of the room where the temperature is normalized. Also, keep it out of the direct path of vents of fans.

Dress baby comfortably

Babies are comfortable wearing the same amount of clothing we do, plus one layer. So if you’re sleeping in a T-shirt and pajama bottoms, your baby should wear the same plus a onesie. Zippyz are great because the feet are covered to keep warm air inside, and the lower half unzip easily for diaper changes so you don’t expose your whole baby. Check them out.

Swaddle a newborn

If your little one is still tiny, you’ll want to swaddle them with a blanket so they keep all of their body heat. A swaddle also helps them resist the startle reflex so they don’t wake themselves up, and makes them feel safe and secure.

How to tell your baby is too warm

Overheating is a serious concern as well. It’s one of the contributing factors linked to SIDS. You can tell your baby is too hot if her skin is blotchy and red. If she’s damp and sweating, she is definitely too hot. Even if it’s winter time, make sure your baby never overheats.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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SIDS Prevention and Safe Swaddling

SIDS prevention and safe swaddling

October is SIDS Awareness Month and parents are encouraged to learn more about the risk factors involved in SIDS and what steps they can take to prevent it. SIDS is defined as the death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly and cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. Scientists have learned a great deal about SIDS over the last years and SIDS cases have decreased drastically, but there are still over 4,000 kids that die unexpectedly each year with no known cause.

The leading theory is that SIDS affects babies with an undetected condition (such as a respiratory or heart vulnerability) combined with an environmental stressor (such as an obstructed airway). Babies born prematurely, have a young mother (under 20 years old), or experience a life-threatening event early in life are at a higher risk for SIDS. There’s no way to prevent SIDS entirely, but you can work to make your baby’s chances of avoiding the syndrome as low as possible.

When parents better understand the risks involved with SIDS, this can help to reduce future infant deaths.  Here are five tips on how to help reduce the risk of SIDS along with how to make sure you are swaddling baby correctly and safely.

1. Always place baby on his back to sleep.

Many studies have found that there is a higher incidence of SIDS among babies who are placed to sleep on their stomachs. It is thought that sleeping on the stomach narrows the baby’s airway and causes difficulty breathing. There is also a possibility that an infant sleeping on his stomach is “rebreathing” his own exhaled carbon dioxide. Baby must be put to sleep on his back throughout the first year of life. Swaddling helps baby sleep on their backs and helps prevent sleep-deprived parents from placing baby on their stomach to sleep.

2. Keep baby’s crib clear of blankets and toys.

You never want to put blankets, comforters, bumpers, stuffed toys or pillows anywhere near the baby while he is sleeping. Baby’s head and face must remain free of any blankets or coverings. If using a blanket, make sure it gets tucked around the mattress but a tight fitted sheet is best. By keeping the crib clear it can prevent rebreathing and suffocation. Bumper pads should also be avoided as they can be a potential risk of suffocation or strangulation.

3. Practice safe swaddling.

Pediatrics study suggests that babies who are swaddled experience a more restful sleep than unswaddled babies and can awaken more easily in response to noise, potentially decreasing the risk of SIDS.

For safe swaddling parents should always:

  • Use a swaddle where baby can have good hip range of motion; swaddling too tightly can cause hip dysplasia.
  • The preferred sleeping position for babies is the “hands over heart” position; use a swaddle that does not pin baby’s arms to the side. Babies (and especially babies with colic) can self-sooth and settle by using their hands and fingers in the natural “hands to heart” position just like babies do in the womb.
  • Use a swaddle that will not unravel- this prevents blankets from becoming lose and covering baby’s face. There are swaddles that do not even require wrapping!
  • Don’t over-swaddle baby or double swaddle- overheating baby is linked to SIDS. The new Woombie Air is the first breathable swaddle that regulates baby’s body temperature by allowing excess heat to escape. (Another tip, use a fan in baby’s room to maintain airflow. Plus, the white noise sound the fan creates will help baby sleep!)
  • When baby begins to roll, it’s no longer safe to swaddle. To transition baby to arms-free sleep, take one arm out of the swaddle at nap time and then when baby is used to it, try it at night time.  Take out the other arm and remove the swaddle completely gradually.

4. Keep baby at a comfortable temperature.

You don’t want baby to get too warm while sleeping so it’s best to keep them somewhere that’s room-temperature and don’t excessively clothe them. It has been suggested that babies who get too warm go into a deeper sleep making it more difficult for them to awaken. KidsHealth.org suggests keep the room at a temperature that feels comfortable for an adult in a short-sleeve shirt.

First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival, says, “When a healthy baby becomes overheated their brain recognizes the problem and attempts to correct it. When a baby predisposed to SIDS overheats, nothing happens to correct the situation.”

5. Place baby on a firm sleep surface.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, SIDS is sometimes called “crib death” and while cribs themselves don’t cause SIDS, the baby’s sleep environment can influence sleep-related causes of deaths. It’s important to use a safety-approved, firm mattress covered with a fitted sheet and avoid placing baby on a pillow, waterbed, couch, chair or other soft surface. This can help prevent smothering or suffocation. You can check the safety of your baby’s mattress or crib by contacting the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov.

While the exact cause of SIDS remains a mystery, we’re closing in on a solution. The number of SIDS deaths has declined by 50% since 1990, but more work is needed. You can help by donating to the American SIDS Institute and helping us share these tips.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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6 Ways to Get Your Baby to be a Rock Star Sleeper

make baby a great sleeperTo us, sleeping is pretty easy. We lie down, turn off the lights, close our eyes, and fall asleep pretty quick. Our bodies and brains have been trained over years to fall asleep to those conditions. Babies, however, lack our experience. They don’t struggle to sleep well out of spite; they’re just bad at it. In fact, there’s an entire industry of professionals devoted to teaching children how to sleep.

During the first few months, your baby’s need to eat is more important, so he/she will not be able to sleep for long stretches of time. By five months, however, your child should be able to sleep for four or five hours at a time. Use these tips to make your child a great sleeper.

1. Create a soothing routine.

Just like grown-ups, babies sleep the best when their bodies are on a consistent schedule. By establishing a night-time bedtime routine that you follow every day, your little one will be conditioned to fall asleep. He/she will fall asleep easier, sleep longer, and cry out less often during the night.

You can establish a routine by only playing quiet games or activities as it nears bedtime. Give a warm bath, a gentle massage, and keep the lights dim. Try to keep all the bedroom conditions consistent so your baby isn’t afraid when he/she wakes up in the middle of the night.

2. Learn the tired signals.

Every baby is different, so your cues may vary, but after some time you should be able to determine when your child is getting sleepy. Don’t wait until he/she is over tired, fussy, and cranky. The goal is to put your child down before he/she is actually asleep so self-soothing and falling asleep alone is learned quickly. You don’t want to end up being your child’s security object.

3. Swaddle your baby.

The startle reflex is a basic survival skill that babies are born with. It makes them jerk spontaneously. This reflex can easily wake them up. You can provide security by swaddling them in a muslin sheet or shawl. For best results, use a specially made baby swaddle that zips up so your little one can’t wiggle free.

4. Set the room temperature just right.

The optimal temperature for sleeping baby is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is usually a little cooler than most people keep their homes. If you can’t adjust the thermostat in the baby’s room, leave the window slightly ajar. Be sure to position your crib away from the window.

5. Consult a sleep consultant.

When you want to do something right, it is always best to consult an expert. Sleep consultants train to help moms and dads put their child on a sleep schedule that works for the family. They know all the tricks and best practices to make sure your baby gets the best rest possible.

6. Create some white noise.

In the womb, your baby was exposed to sounds constantly.  Between the sounds of the outside world and the sounds inside a mother’s body, it’s actually quite loud in there. This means your child learned how to sleep amidst all types of noise, so when you lay them in a silent room, they become uncomfortable. You can pick up a white noise machine to create the right ambiance or use a simple house fan.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are a patented footed pajama for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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