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Baby Blankets Are Nice — Just Don’t Put Them On Your Baby

Having a baby is life-changing, but most folks know that taking care of them is no cakewalk.

Baby Blankets Are Nice — Just Don’t Put Them On Your Baby

Yep, there are plenty of priceless moments, but new parenthood is also bizarre, messy, and incredibly scary. Putting a baby to bed can be one of those incredibly scary moments. Thankfully, I found it a lot less frightening after watching this.


Just to recap…

What's SIDS?

SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, is "a sudden death in an infant under 1 year old that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. An investigation includes an autopsy, an examination of the death scene, and a review of the infant's medical history."

What are we doing wrong?

"Nearly 50% of American infants sleep with unsafe bedding that can increase the risk of SIDS."

What's unsafe bedding?

"Loose blankets, toys in the crib, pillows, and quilts" all increase the risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation.

So, what's safe?

According to the National Institutes of Health, the best way to rock-a-bye baby to sleep is to put them on their back on a "firm, safety-approved mattress with a fitted sheet. That's it! No extra bedding, no unmonitored swaddling, no baby toys, nothing on top of or under the baby."

To keep the baby warm, dress them in layers for bed so you can add or remove clothing as needed. Keep the room at a comfortable temperature.

There are also these cute sleep sacks. "They're like dresses, with the bottoms sewn closed so it mimics the sensation of being swaddled or the blanket but doesn't pose a risk of suffocation."

And remember...

Contrary to popular belief, babies don't need any more warming or bundling than adults.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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