10 responses

  1. Cecilia
    December 18, 2008

    For us the MIRACLE BLANKET was the magic solution to this problem. Our baby slept so well with his miracle blanket – 10 to 12 hours by the time he was 3 months old. He’s just (at 4.5 months) learned to roll over, so we have to stop swaddling him. And now he sleeps on his tummy pretty well, not as well as with the Miracle Blanket, but I’m sure he’ll get there. I swear they should be giving out these miracle blankets to all new mothers in the hospitals – I think it would do a lot for the safe sleeping campaign, and go a long way in preserving the mental health of sleep deprived new moms.

  2. Marnie
    December 18, 2008

    The swaddling was key for my daughter. I swear that girl had a button on her back that caused arms and legs to flail and eyes to pop open the minute her back hit the bed, so I got very good, and very FAST, at swaddling in the crib. She slept so much better that way.
    As a side note, she learned to roll from back to front before she was 3 months old. She slept so much better that way, but every time I found her on her stomach in the crib, I panicked a little. Being the paranoid that I am, I called the Dr’s office to get advice. The nurse told me under no circumstances was I to allow my baby to sleep on her stomach, even if she got that way herself, and that I needed a sleep positioner. WRONG! Once the baby has learned to roll over, do NOT mess with her will to do so. After listening to her scream for 2 nights in a row, I took the positioner back to the store, turned up the volume on the baby monitor, and never mentioned it to the nurse again.

  3. Cobblestone
    December 18, 2008

    My doctor also said that air circulation via fan is also showing a decreased SIDS risk. It makes me happy becuase along with the animals there are currently 7 bodies in the room and a little air movement goes a long way.

  4. Sally
    December 18, 2008

    I second both the fan and the swaddling. We did EVERYTHING to get our twins to sleep as long as possible without sacrificing safety. Another plus of the fan is that it creates white noise, which can be soothing and drown out other little noises that could wake the baby.

  5. Lori
    December 18, 2008

    doing a tight swaddle and a sleep positioner helped w/ the back sleeping — but when the baby started to roll over (to sleep on her stomach, of cource) our doctor told us to take all blankets, swaddles, positioner out of the bed and just let her sleep the way she wanted

  6. Kami
    December 18, 2008

    Our 2nd would only sleep on his back if his fingers were wrapped/covered by a knit blanket. I’m not eve sure how I came to the realization, but for him, a child who didn’t like to be swaddled, it seemed that being able to hold something and/or feel the weight of it on the palms of his hands was the reassurance he needed. To avoid loose blankets we laid him on top of the knit blanket and folded the corners into his hands. Weird but true.

  7. Kate B.
    December 18, 2008

    How heavy is the Miracle Blanket? We have a (inferior, I’m sure) thin cotton swaddler (http://www.amazon.com/First-Years-Swaddler-Pack-Whale/dp/B000P1QOD6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=baby-products&qid=1229661336&sr=8-2) and I layer on clothing under it. I sleep under a down comforter at night (we don’t turn up the heat too high in our house) and am afraid that a onesie and blanket won’t provide enough warmth… but now, of course, I am paranoid about her overheating!

  8. MWAS
    December 19, 2008

    Nice Post! You hit the nail(s)on the head. This phase of parenting shall pass when the baby is old enough to roll over(and over)by himself or herself. Better the baby be a bit restless and back sleeping than the alternative – however mindnumbing the sleep deprivation.

  9. Lena
    December 20, 2008

    I read about fans reducing the risk of SIDS too and we use one in our baby’s room. We tried all the swaddle listed above and didn’t have good luck with any until we found the Halo sleepsack swaddle(at halosleep.com). Our baby could get out of all the others and some were just poor quality and tough to use in my weary state. Also, I know Halo has won some awards from First Candle (SIDS alliance) for design. Plus, the best thing for us about the Halo sleepsack swaddle is that the wings come off so we get a longer use out of it since it will become a regular sleepsack for our little one after we don’t need to swaddle her anymore. Sleep your baby on its back – don’t mess around! this is the most important job you will EVER have!
    good luck!

  10. Jennifer
    December 10, 2013

    My husband and I are expecting our first in about two weeks. A few months ago I stumbled across a website dedicated to eliminating SIDS. Basically, this site explains that SIDS is caused by poisonous gases generated by the interaction of ‘common household fungus’ with chemicals in the mattress. The gases are heavier than air, so sleeping face-up is a partial preventative. (I hadn’t heard about fans reducing the risk, but it makes sense that keeping the air circulating would help.) According to this website, the best solution is mattress-wrapping, which prevents the gases from coming in contact with the baby. I’m not a medical expert, but after reading more about this topic I’m convinced the info is worth passing on. The website is http://www.babesafe.com.

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