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By the time you bring home your new baby, you've hopefully gotten the message that you should always, without exception, place your newborn on his back to sleep. Though no expert knows with 100% confidence that back-sleeping will prevent the tragedy of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), one thing they do know with confidence is that back sleeping clearly seems to be highly preventive. According to stats from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), deaths from SIDS declined to fewer than 40 per 100,000 births in 2015, from just over 130 per 10,000 births in 1990. The Back to Sleep campaign, now known as Safe to Sleep, launched in 1994.
Other measures to keep baby safe while sleeping have since been added to the list of should-do's, from keeping the crib or other sleeping space clear of blankets, bumpers, stuffed animals and such, to regulating the room temperature and using a fan to keep air moving, to banning all smoking from the household.
Feeling all safe and smart? Okay, great. Now…what happens when your baby, at the still-tender age of 4 or so months, achieves the feat of rolling over while sleeping? Although, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the vast majority of SIDS deaths happen before 4 months of age, you still don’t want to take chances, which is why you still practice safer sleeping principles. After all, it’s not as though you’re going to suddenly pile Grandma’s antique afghan and a menagerie of stuffed animals in the crib just because your baby can theoretically roll away from them!
A Mattress for Peace of Mind
At this point, you might want to consider a new, breathable mattress (if you hadn't thought of it earlier). No, it’s not that the mattress can “breathe,” but that your child, if she ends up face down, can breathe through it. The latest, high-tech comfy mattresses like the Newton Crib Mattress are made of food-grade polymer fill that allows air to circulate through it, which does a few things:
- It creates a cleaner, greener sleep surface for your baby, as it’s nontoxic and free of allergens.
- It’s not trapped or encased in latex or plastic. Instead, two layers of super soft, removable, quilted fabric wrap the inner, patented Wovenaire core.
- It keeps the sleep environment naturally cooler, thanks to the breathability of the mattress’ fill. Experts say a steady cool (but not cold) temperature is best for your baby.
- It makes your life easier, as it’s completely washable. You can remove and launder the cover in the washing machine or even (and you know those times are coming!) rinse it in the tub or shower. Plus, it dries fast.
- It’s recyclable. When you no longer need it, there’s no need to leave this mattress at the curb. Without any latex or foam, all materials are 100% recyclable. With that said, you’ll want to keep it. Toddler bed, anyone?
Creating your little one's first room can bring a lot of pressure. What color should you paint? What about decorations? Do you have the crib positioned correctly? Forget about if you want to do something gender neutral—it only gets harder! Decorating is no easy feat, so we gathered up a few of our favorite bloggers' nurseries for their little ones for some good, old-fashioned nursery inspiration!
So, I'm officially to the point in my pregnancy where daily someone says to me, “Wow, you look like you're ready to pop!” or “ Any day now, right?,” or simply stares at my belly first, because let’s face it, that is the first thing to enter the room. Believe me, I'm ready whenever she is! Any. Day. Now.
After my first round of nesting chaos, I realized just how much baby stuff I had. I mean, I think I could clothe the whole neighborhood for at least a year. But, in my cleaning and organizing frenzy, I realized there were a few things that I was missing. So here is what I forgot that I realized I simply had to have before Baby P arrives:
- Nipples for bottles. You can never have enough! You don’t realize how many pieces there are to the bottle until you start taking everything apart to clean, and of course, this takes up precious counter space. I love these Boon products for drying; so smart and innovative. Gotta love an inexpensive space saver!
- Never enough hampers, small baskets or drawer dividers! Organize everything, and see how long that lasts!
- Bibs and burp cloths. Don’t underestimate how useful they are. They say babies are messy, right?
- Shampoos and washes. Okay, now that you've cleaned every inch of your home and every bit of baby clothes, make sure you have the right products to wash your baby! I love Honest Company, and they have a subscription service that automatically delivers. As a new mom in a walk-up apartment, this is a dream.
—Krystal, Newton Baby Customer Care Manager