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7 Ways We're Reducing the Risk of SIDS

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:


  • Organic Crib Mattress 1 of 7
    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
  • Sleepsack Swaddle 2 of 7
    Sleepsack Swaddle
    Swaddling baby in a sleepsack is a brilliant way to keep baby snugly warm and cozy, without the addition of lose blankets in the crib. And remember, back is best.
    HALO 100% Cotton Sleepsack ($20) from Amazon
  • Breathable Crib Sheet 3 of 7
    Breathable Crib Sheet
    A simple, breathable, crib sheet reduces the risk of overheating. Plus, it's pretty darn cute as well!
    Aden + Anais Muslin Crib Sheet ($29) from Amazon
  • Movement Monitor 4 of 7
    Movement Monitor
    We decided on this monitor because of the sensitive sensor pad that keeps track of movement, including breathing. An alarm goes off if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. We've used this monitor for the past 3 years, and it's really given us piece of mind.
    Angelcare Baby Movement and Sound Monitor ($115) from Amazon
  • Mesh Crib Bumper 5 of 7
    Mesh Crib Bumper
    I know, the best choice is no crib bumper at all, although as baby Paul became more mobile in bed, he would get his arms and legs stuck in the rails. Our compromise, an inexpensive breathable mesh liner.
    Breathable Mesh Crib Liner ($18) from Amazon
  • Ceiling Fan 6 of 7
    Ceiling Fan
    When it comes to reducing the risk of SIDS, air circulation is one of the best steps you can take. And if a ceiling fan isn't an option in the nursery, consider having a small fan facing either a wall or the ceiling so the air can bounce off and circulate around the room.
  • Breastfeeding 7 of 7
    Breastfeeding
    While I know this isn't an option for everyone, one of the researched benefits of breastfeeding is that breastfed babies have a lower rate of SIDS than bottle fed babies.

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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