No such thing as a one-size-fits-all baby sleep solution

Should I be sleep training my baby? Or could I rather look for a gentler alternative? These questions are top of mind for most expecting and new parents, but there is no book (or blog) that has the answer and you need to figure out what works best for your baby and your family. Mommy blogger, Tanya Kovarsky, found that what worked for her first baby didn’t work for her second baby.

In her blog post, No regrets: From no sleeping to a little co-sleeping, Tanya explains how her firstborn, Max, had a strict sleep routine. It worked well for Max and Tanya. However, seven years later when baby Rebecca was born, Tanya realised early on that a strict routine wouldn’t work this time around.

Below is an excerpt from Tanya’s co-sleeping blog post:

“These are the best of times. They’re our precious memories in the making, and our happiness of today. I might not be getting my eight or even seven hours a night, but I’m fuelled by my kids and this parenting privilege, and good coffee – best freshly made from the beans in our machine, and enjoyed in bed, of course.” 

The right mattress is the best foundation to any sleep routine

Whether your baby sleeps soundly in his or her cot, or if you have a big, happy family bed, Sealy has a sleep solution for you. The Sealy cot mattresses and Sealy baby mattresses are covered in an aloe vera fabric cover for anti-dust mite and anti-bacterial protection, and both come with a free cot mattress protector. Browse our bed selection on the Sealy website: www.sealy.co.za.

Sleep wedges and positioners are not safe for your baby

Retailers have taken baby sleep wedges and positioners off their shelves

Major US and UK-based retailers have halted the sale of these devices after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linked the products to at least 12 baby deaths in America, in some of which, babies had rolled from their side to their front and suffocated.

Big names such as John Lewis, Tesco, Mothercare and eBay have removed all baby sleep wedges and positioners from their ‘shelves’.

Many new moms are given, or purchase a sleep wedge or sleep positioned system to help their young baby sleep in one position, in the hope that they may ‘sleep longer’ and ‘more safely’.

The FDA said it was “reminding parents and caregivers not to put babies in sleep positioners. These products – sometimes also called ‘nests’ or ‘anti-roll’ products – can cause suffocation (a struggle to breathe) that can lead to death.”

In agreement with the FDA is the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP). The AAP’s ‘Sleep Safe’ campaign went live in October 2016. They released 19 recommendations one of which was the removal of all loose sheets, bumpers, wedges, pillows or toys in the cot.

No major South African retailers have released any statements about where they stand on the issue.

To find out more information about how to help your new baby sleep safe you can read more of the ‘Sleep safe’ guidelines here.

Safe baby sleep tips

Did you know; there should be no loose sheets, bumpers, wedges, pillows or toys in your baby’s cot? Get peace of mind and cover your baby’s mattress with the Sealy Posturepedic® Soft Touch Cot Mattress Protector – it’s made from natural bamboo fabric and is a breathable fitted sheet.