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Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Watch This!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Watch this quick video tutorial called “How Safe is Your Sleeping Baby” by Mindy Walker, Executive Editor of American Baby magazine. It aired on Fox & Friends this weekend.

In case you missed it, American Baby did a poll with Safe Kids Worldwide and discovered that an astounding 73 percent of parents put something in the crib with their baby, often a potential suffocation hazard. A blanket was most common (59 percent), followed by bumpers (35 percent), stuffed animals (23 percent), and pillows (8 percent). Our message: Keep the crib bare! A crib mattress with a fitted sheet is all a baby under 1 needs.

If you want to buy a bedding set that gives your nursery a theme, we like Skip-Hop’s Complete Sheet Set, which for $99 gives you a sheet, crib skirt, wall decals, and a blanket to use for tummy-time. (We know it’s tempting to put that blanket in the crib, but please keep it out!) Instead of a blanket, try a SleepSack like the one from Halo we featured on the segment.

Another sticky issue is cosleeping. Bedsharing is common; a full 65 percent of parents in our poll said they do it and 38 percent said they share the bed with baby regularly. But as Walker points out, just as we’ve gotten used to keeping our infants in a rear-facing car seat for their own safety, so must we get used to having them in their own safe sleep spot. Did you know that in 2010 (the lastest statistics available), 59 children younger than 1 died in a car crash but 3,610 children under age 1 died of sudden unexpected infant death? In about half of those SUID cases, the baby was in an adult bed.

We applaud Delta Children for helping educate consumers about safe sleep and for manufacturing safe, affordable cribs; the one in our segment, above, is Delta’s Waves 3-in-1 Crib and only $129.

We’re also on a crusade to stop the mixed messages that new parents get when they see, for instance, a crib filled with a bumper and stuffed animals but then are told to keep those very things out of the crib. Enough with that! We are working to populate with only pictures of safe sleep environments. (At least in our editorial…the ads are harder to control!) Is your baby in one? If so, email a pic to and we’ll consider it for our site. You can also tag us on Instagram @americanbabymagazine using #mysafecrib and we’ll take a look. We’re all in this together; let’s work to get all babies through the night safe and sound.


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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a $97 Swaddle Set from Woombie

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Swaddling is a hot topic in babyhood these days. The traditional wrapping method is not especially quick or effective for parents like me who can’t seem to get a squirming baby wrapped tight enough. That’s why the inventors of the Woombie were kind of genius, figuring out how to create a zip-up one-step swaddle system. We’ve had editor-moms swear by it!

The Woombie swaddles are a safe way to keep your infant swaddled from birth and through the first few months or to no later than about 6 months. After that, a baby needs his arms free to push up and lift up his head should he roll over. They make a Woombie convertible that can turn into a traditional sleep sack for that purpose. Also the Air Sleepers give babies the use of their arms and helps keep their temperature regulated.

Why all this talk about swaddling and movement and temperature? If you haven’t checked out our recent report in American Baby‘s March issue, How Safe is Your Baby’s Sleep?, give it a read! Our executive editor will also be on Fox & Friends this Saturday morning; watch for her safe-sleep segment in the last half hour!

Baby Care Basics: What is SIDS?
Baby Care Basics: What is SIDS?
Baby Care Basics: What is SIDS?

And this week, ONE lucky winner will get a safe-sleep swaddle set from Woombie, including the Woombie Air plus matching hat, Organic Air Sleeper, and Cozy Dry Towel; all of this retails for $97!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day March 12. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on March 13 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

PS You can also buy Woombie products in our Parents Shop!

Congrats to our winner Lisa Collier!

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