Positioning + Infant Sleep

Safety & Positioning is our mission.  Please ensure the following when skin-to-skin with your baby:

- You can see your baby's face... not covered by clothing, not too far down.

- Your baby's head is NOT chin to chest and his neck is straight.  If baby's chin falls to his chest, his tiny airway can get pinched!  Always ensure the airway is clear.

- Nose and mouth are uncovered and unobstructed.

- Shoulders should be against mom/dad and baby should be chest to chest (this will keep her face/nose from pressing into you!)

- Mom/Dad should be on a slight incline... propped up with pillows or seated...Not flat on her back!

If you have any questions, we're always happy to help: info@sleepbelt.net

Why do we call it SleepBelt?

It LITERALLY belts your sleeping baby to you.  

Here at SleepBelt, we understand the importance of infant sleep - especially newborns.  

When babies sleep, their bodies can conserve calories... calories that can instead be used to grow, and for brain development. Check this out: https://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/kangaroocare.asp

When babies sleep, Moms are able to relax and recover from childbirth.  SleepBelt forces you off your feet (it's not a carrier - it must only be used when seated or reclined), ensuring mom takes time to rest and drink her new baby in.

Babies sleep better on mom (or dad).
Most babies sleep better when swaddled.
SleepBelt is a hybrid of both.

"Babies who sleep with their mothers and breastfeed spend less time in the deepest stages of sleep (stage three and stage four), from which arousal is more difficult should the baby need to awaken quickly to terminate a dangerous apnea (episodes in which one stops breathing). Instead, cosleeping babies spend more time in lighter stages of sleep (stage one and stage two). Light stage sleep is thought to be physiologically more appropriate for young infants, and more natural and conducive to safe sleep for babies, because it is easier to awaken to terminate apneas than it is when babies are in deeper stages of sleep. The shorter durations of deeper stage sleep promoted by cosleeping can potentially protect those infants born with arousal deficiencies (suspected to be involved in SIDS). Moreover, cosleeping significantly increases the total number of infant arousals as the baby gets a lot of practice in arousing to mother's external sounds, movements, and touches. This increase in arousals may improve her ability to develop awakening skills that can prove handy should the infant's oxygen supply decrease following a breathing pause. The baby not only stirs in relationship to mother's movements, but the smells of mother's milk nearby also contributes to the infant's tendency to remain in light sleep for a longer period of time (7)."

From: http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbjanfeb09p4.html