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7 Ways We're Reducing the Risk of SIDS

By emily |

One of my greatest fears as a parent during my baby’s first year of life is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, more commonly referred to as SIDS. Basically, SIDS is just what it says it is, sudden death of an infant, with no real or obvious cause of death.

It’s one of my greatest fears because I unfortunately watched my best friend live through the nightmare, over 5 years ago with her 3 month old first born son. SIDS is one of those untouchable “it could never happen to me” type things. Until, you know, it does.

And even though I know SIDS cannot be 100% prevented, you better believe I’m taking every precaution known to mankind to reduce any and all the risk I humanly can. Control issues? I have them.

So given the extensive research I’ve done throughout the years, here are a few things we’re doing to create a safe sleeping environment for baby Paul.

7 Ways I’m attempting to reduce the risk of SIDS:

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7 Ways We're Reducing the Risk of SIDS

Organic Crib Mattress

Having found most of our nursery's furniture secondhand, the organic cotton crib mattress was our biggest nursery "splurge". While you can definitely find less expensive crib mattresses out there, we found value in the organic, because of it's breath-ability and non toxic fire protection system.
Organic Cotton Crib Mattress ($259) from Amazon

And again, I know SIDS cannot be prevented, and that there is unfortunately no cure or quick fix. I’m just an anxiety-ridden, over-tired, mom trying to do her best so she can sleep well at night.

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Emily Elling is a corporate interior designer and freelance writer. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four unintentionally hilarious children. Emily also blogs at her personal blog, DesignHER Momma. Read bio and latest posts → Read emily's latest posts →

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One thought on “7 Ways We're Reducing the Risk of SIDS

  1. LA says:

    How I reduced the risk of SIDS – breastfeeding and co-sleeping. Infants who co-sleep have much lower risk of SIDS than infants who don’t.

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