This is a compensated campaign with One2One Network and ICAN. All opinions are 100% my own.
Being a new parent is amazing but it can be difficult. Along with all the happy emotions, being a new parent can generate anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation. Your life changes in a major way! As prepared as I thought I was, I was not prepared for what was in store for me. I had the baby blues and anxiety about EVERYTHING. Like every parent, I tried to make the best decisions for my little girl. Being exhausted often times clouded my decision process. I felt like a zombie. At times, I would fall asleep while I was feeding my daughter or holding her when I was watching television. I can still remember the jolt I would receive when my subconscious would wake me up! The baby! Boy, I didn’t realize how dangerous those moments were.
Did you know that every 5 days, a baby in Los Angeles County suffocate while sleeping? I didn’t. I attended an event hosted by the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) as well as their partner First 5 LA where we learned facts like these, and more. In L.A. County, there are more sleep-related deaths than all other accidental child deaths. What’s hopeful is that these types of accidents can be prevented. Power 106 DJ Yesi Ortiz, supports ICAN especially after a personal experience with her daughter and granddaughter. Yesi, found her daughter and granddaugher asleep on the couch and the baby was in a dangerous position. Yesi has been educating and informing her listeners on ICAN’s Safe Sleep campaign across the Southland. She believes scaring parents with the real facts in addition to educating them with the tips will allow them to prevent suffocation deaths.
ICAN’s data and facts safe sleep for baby campaign:
- 38% of deaths are due to bed-sharing.
- 24% of deaths due to unsafe sleeping environment excessive bedding.
- Of the bed-sharing and unsafe sleep child deaths 39% were Latino, 26% were African-American and 19% were Caucasian.
- 81% of bed-sharing deaths were infants 0-6 months of age.
- Babies under the age of 1 year can suffocate while Sharing a bed with parents, siblings and/or pets. Sleeping in a cluttered crib or bassinet is also a danger.
ICAN definitely encourages breastfeeding, but make sure to place baby in a safe sleeping area after nursing. Swadding is also fine but make sure to use a light blanket because heavier blankets can be too warm. A blanket could unravel if not swaddled correctly.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your baby safe:
- Share a room, not a bed.
- Lay babies down to sleep in a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress. Portable cribs like a pack-n-play are good alternative.
- Give babies space to breathe- no pillows, bumpers, blankets or toys in the crib. Even one object is a suffocation risk.
- Make sure to place babies on their back every time whether for a nap or at night.
Another situation to avoid is your baby falling asleep in their carseat. Sadly, there have even been accidental deaths involving babies as well older children in their car seats. Their heads flop over and are in a slumped position. This could also cut off breathing. Pay attention to your child in the seat and pull over in a safe area if you need to readjust your baby/child.
After the event, I ran home and gave my daughter the biggest hug and kiss. She means the world to me and I couldn’t imagine life without her. My husband and I are blessed and truly lucky that nothing happened to my daughter since we both fell asleep with her in our arms when she was in infant. It’s heartbreaking to know that a parent who loves their baby so dearly could go through something like an accidental suffocation death…
Please share this information with your new mommy friends or even friends who will be second and third time parents. Sometimes we need the reminders as we know how exhausting it is in those early months of a babies life. It’s so rewarding but we need to be aware of the hazards. Learn the risks, take action and prevent this preventable tragedy.