Kidalog/Baby Love Products, Camrose, Alberta, Canada
In keeping with guidelines from Health Canada, The Canadian
Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, the U.S. Juvenile Products
Manufacturer's Association, and other health professionals stating
that crib bedding should not be bulky, our quilts and bumper pads
are now thinner to avoid risk of baby re-breathing air.
If using flat sheets, be sure they are well tucked in; otherwise
they can pose an entanglement/strangulation hazard for baby.
answer to the question, is it safe to sleep with your baby? Under
most circumstances co-sleeping is likely to be very safe and beneficial;
but it depends on how it is done. If the parent(s) smoke or take
drugs, co-sleeping is risky. Sleeping with an infant on a waterbed,
couches, soft bed, or any bed that has gaps or ledges into which
the infant can fall can be risky for the infant. It is more ideal
to sleep on a hard firm mattress, and to limit your use of pillows
James McKenna, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Anthropology, Senior
Researcher SIDS Project, Sleep Disorders Center, University of
California, Irvine School of Medicine
Test for Anemia in Unborn Babies
Serious anemia occurs in a small percentage of fetuses who inherit
certain types of red blood cells from their fathers. If the mother
doesn't have the same type, her immune system may form antibodies
that attack the fetus' red blood cells, causing serious complications
and even death in the fetus.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found
that ultrasound testing was 100% effective at detecting life-threatening
fetal anemia, sparing many pregnant women the need for a riskier
surgical test. The ultrasound test used measured the speed of
blood moving through the middle cerebral artery to determine the
level of oxygen in the blood.
Associated Press, Jan 8/00
Sleep problems? Rather
than "sleep training" for your baby, just reframe your
own thinking. Out of my 4 children, 3 did not sleep well till
around age 5, partly because of health problems. One idea that
really helped me maintain a good mood through all this, was to
view myself as an important worker who was "on call"
for night shifts. For example, a doctor or fireman are often called
at night to do their work. Parenting is a job at least equally
important (you are nurturing the next generation). I read this
in a La Leche League book, and it totally changed my thinking.
Now my children are teenagers, and want to sleep 12 hours or more
at a stretch! Grace (Owner of Kidalog)
mattress, placed on the floor in case of falls, makes a good "family
bed", and the mattress can be used on a regular bed later.
It also gives you a safe place to change baby.
recent hospital study has shown that cuddling helps premature
babies quiet down and develop more rapidly. The hospital uses
volunteers to cuddle the babies when the parents need a break.