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My three-month-old is in a cot in his own room (due to space reasons). I put him on his back to sleep with feet near the end of the cot in a sleeping bag but he moves up the cot during the night to the other end of the cot and into the corner. He has also been going up on his side and putting his face into the mattress while sleeping (mattress firm, new and right size for the cot). Is there anything I can do to stop him from moving around and sleeping on his side?
Hi, I'm due with my second baby in a few months and I am planning to use the same cot as I did with my first. I've heard that it can be unsafe to use the same mattress with another baby as it could have mould from wee stains. Is this true? The mattress is otherwise in perfect condition and only used for nine months. Thanks for your help!
Our question is regarding families' requests for their young children and babies to sleep on their tummies whilst at the centre. Although we know the correct safe positions, provide this information to families etc.......some parents are still insisting our educators place their children on their tummies. How do we tackle this issue?
I've read conflicting information about co-sleeping being beneficial to baby, yet not the safest when it comes to SIDS. After reading your position on safe sleeping but noting that there are some benefits to co-sleeping, I'm confused how you could possibly sleep in your bed while following the rules for co-sleeping regarding blankets and location of baby. To me it sounds like it can't be done, especially in winter and with both parents in the bed. How would you achieve having no blankets near baby, baby not sleeping between parents or by the edge of the bed? We have bought a bed side bassinette we intend to use, but I'm asking in case we need to try other options.
Hi, My twelve-day-old baby is moving so much in the bassinet, I woke to find his swaddle tight still but him laying diagonally, so legs still in the middle with forehead pushed up against the side of the bassinet preventing his nose from being squashed. Is there something you recommend using to prevent him moving? Appreciate your help so so much!
Hi. So far we haven't co-slept with our three-week-old as we have a bassinet for him and preferred this approach. However, he is proving to be very difficult to settle in his bassinet yet loves sleeping close to us, so we have considered using a Bubnest to sleep with him in our bed. Would you consider these safe or should we avoid them? https://www.bubnest.com.au/pages/the-bubnest Thank you!
Are swaddle bags (and for that matter grow suits) that have zips safe? I heard a story of a mum who noticed the zip of her daughter's onesie was pushing into her throat and making choking sounds like it was cutting off her windpipe. We'd like to use swaddle bags, which tend to have zips, and also zip up onesies, but have been nervous about it since hearing this story. We are currently swaddling our newborn with muslin wraps and adding lightweight blankets, but she loves to get her arms up and we aren't sure she stays warm around her neck since she can wriggle out of the wrapping. Is it just to do with sizing? Do we want the zip to end close to the baby's neck or down a way?
Hi, I'm due with my first bub next week and am getting increasingly anxious about SIDS. We don't smoke, I plan on following all safe sleep space procedures and just as I managed to convince myself this week that everything will be fine, my poor friend lost her little girl to SIDS. What are your opinions on the breathing sensor mats that have an alarm that goes off if bub stops breathing? I know they may have false alarms but do you recommend people use them anyway? Thanks for any advice!
My MCH nurse has suggested that I use a comforter in my 8 month old son's cot at night. I have a muslin square (40cm by 40cm) for this but I am unsure about the safest way to place it in the cot. My son moves around a lot in his sleep and likes to suck his thumb so the comforter would be mostly to have my scent in the cot (I would sleep with it first). A friend has told me to tie a knot in the end but I am unsure how this makes it safer.