I have a voice, I have a reach, I have an audience that needs to know a story about a little dragonfly.
With a heavy heart, I’d like to share with you a message about safe sleep. As a blogger, I have the amazing privilege of being a part of what some would think was a huge community. In actuality, it is a pretty small, tight knit community in the IG blogging/shop world.
If you’re a fellow mom blogger, IG shop owner or if you have had any access to social media in the last few weeks then you know the story that I am referring to. I learned about Jordan and Sloan’s story just 72 hours after the event occurred. To say that I was upset was a severe understatement. I could not get out of my own head. The story has since gone viral to say the least- everyone from People Magazine, Parents Magazine & more have ran stories about this tragedy. My heart breaks for Jordan, and I could never, ever, in a million years, ever even begin to imagine her pain- or try to place myself in her shoes. One thing is for sure, because of her story, I will forever be grateful for her vulnerability & transparency.
Jordan has shared her story through her own words on social channels, she has done this to ensure that this never happens again to another parent. I commend her for doing this. I admire her strength.
“Please learn from my world shattering mistake.” – Jordan
If you are familiar with my life journey, then you are aware that we had our newest little babe in March this year. We currently have our daughter still in our bedroom with us. My husband has been asking to move her over to her nursery but my heart just won’t let it happen yet. I continue to place my finger just under her nose to feel the warmth of her breath and my hand on her chest to feel her heartbeat. I have continued to research everything I can for the best and safest possible sleep.
While in our room, our little babe sleeps in the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper and SleepSack. The Bassinest allows us to room share and keep her close at night while in her own separate safe sleep environment. The SleepSack wearable blanket replaces loose blankets in the crib. It is sleeveless to help reduce the risk of overheating and has an inverted zipper for easy diaper changes. This gives me a piece of mind to know that she is comfortable and warm without the risk of a blanket.
HALO Innovations is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. In fact, over 1,400 hospitals use HALO SleepSack wearable blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative.
Sleep Safe Tips:
- Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
- Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
- Remove all blankets, comforters and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
- Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
- Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
- Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.
- Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
- Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where some-one has recently smoked.
Safe Sleep tips on the HALO website:
Remembering Sloan Valor DeRosier
Forever our little warrior 💞