Dear Tizzie Hall,
I’ve watched your video a few times and it still doesnt sit well with me. Everything you’re doing screams at me SIDS RISK!
Firstly, you are wearing a tshirt yet you put the baby in a long sleeved onesie, a sleeping bag, a DOUBLE wrap, then in a cot with 4 blankets. He must be boiling! Any
crying grizzling by the baby and I’d start to worry about overheating! Babies sweat when they cry grizzle. I remember picking my son up after he’s been crying for maximum 60 seconds, I’d been changing my toddlers nappy and he had to wait while I washed my hands. Anyway, he was sweating and hot! I can’t imagine how he’d be after 5 minutes. Now imagine how hot he would have been if I followed your bedding guide!
Here is what the American SIDS Institute has to say about preventing SIDS.
5. Do not over-clothe the infant while she sleeps. Just use enough clothes to keep the baby warm without having to use cover. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you. Overheating an infant may increase the risk for SIDS.
If you’re wearing tshirt and shorts, then 8 layers is excessive. Perhaps if you are in a cold climate and you yourself are wearing singlet, long sleeved shirt, and a jumper then multiple layers may be appropriate.
The only time a healthcare professional has ever recommended that many blankets to me was when my son was in NICU. You see some early birds have trouble maintaining their tempreture so when transferring from a tempreture controlled humicrib to an open bassinet they put multiple layers of thick blankets on to help baby maintain tempreture without using a huge amount of energy to and potentially dropping weight. After a temp reading comes back normal a layer is removed until you have a onesie, a swaddle and one blanket, this is under cold air conditioning. 8 layers would be for babies who are still struggling.
By any chance have you watched the Wiggles Let’s Eat? There’s a song about safe sleeping. If you’ve watched it you obviously missed the line “the cot is clear for you my dear, and we won’t overwrap.” They’re endorsed by SIDS and Kids by the way
And next we come to that stuffed toy. Right by the babies face. Lucky that baby is so overstepped he can’t move, or else I’d worry about potential suffocation. Before 1 year of age it is recommended you have no donnas, pillows, bumpers or toys in the cot with the baby. We didn’t give our daughter a blanket in her bed until she was 19 months old. This is when she started sleeping with a doll as well.
But what do I know. How about this from www.sidsandkids.org
2. Sleep baby with face uncovered (no doonas, pillows, lambs wool, bumpers or soft toys)
So going by that I’d assume you wouldn’t put a soft toy right next to your babies face.
Along with your advice on breastfeeding being incorrect and controlled
crying comforting being dangerous if followed to an absolute tee, your bedding guide is a SIDS risk.
I truly hope your followers use common sense when preparing their babies sleep environment.
A Very Concerned Mother