October is SIDS Awareness Month
October 1, 2017
SIDS Awareness Month was created by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) as a means to empower parents with information to help them reduce SIDS risk factors in their homes.
What is SIDS?
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is defined as the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than one year of age that doesn’t have a known cause after a thorough investigation. (Said investigation includes an autopsy, review of the death scene, and complete family and medical histories.) The good news? Rates of SIDS in the United States have decreased by 50% over the past 20 years. The not-so-good-news? SIDS still remains the leading case of death for infants aged one-month to one-year-old.
Ways to reduce risk.
While the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, we DO know many ways to reduce risk. In 1994, the NICHD came out with the Back to Sleep (now known as Safe to Sleep) campaign, which aims to provide information on how to create a safe sleep environment for babies, and suggests ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. These suggestions include the following:
- Placing your baby on his or her back to sleep for every sleep time
- Using a firm sleep surface, like a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered with a fitted sheet
- Not letting your baby sleep on soft surfaces (like an adult bed, sofa, or couch)
- Sharing a room with your baby, but not a bed
- Making sure nothing covers your baby’s face or head
- Keeping pillows, blankets, or crib bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area
- Not smoking or letting others smoke around your baby
- Dressing your baby in sleep clothing and not using a blanket
- Breastfeeding your baby
At Owlet, we’re committed proponents of safe sleep, and hope that this information has been helpful and inspiring to your parenting journey.
Photo credit: The Grey Effect Foundation
Products in this Article
The Smart Sock is the first baby monitor to track your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate—good indicators of Baby's overall well-being—while they sleep. If your baby’s readings leave preset zones, you'll receive a notification that lets you know your baby really needs you. Now you can feel more confidence, more freedom, and more peace of mind knowing that Owlet is here to help.
Our all-new Smart Sock is the third of its kind and it's smarter than ever.
Five safe sleep myths and truths
September 2, 2016
Bringing home an infant is intimidating, especially when it comes to sleeping. You will most likely receive a lot of advice (whether solicited or not), and it is sometimes difficult to know what will actually benefit your baby. Since one of Owlet’s core principles is safe sleep, we’re sharing five safe sleep myths and truths to help you…
Baby Safety Award Winner | Owlet
September 1, 2016
At Owlet, your baby’s safety is our top priority. We put in over 100,000 hours of testing the Owlet to make sure it met top quality and safety standards before it became an integral part of your nursery. All that hard work paid off because Owlet is a baby safety award winner! Just to prove…