Baby Safety Month
September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored by our partners at JPMA, so for this blog entry we’re going to focus solely on creating the very safest sleep environment for your baby. When you consider that infants spend more than 16 hours a day in their crib, safety and comfort is a huge concern. Not all crib mattresses and sheets are safe, and there is some misleading information out there.
Last year, nursery products were blamed for roughly 75,000 injuries in children under age 5. And cribs are near the top of the list, causing 12,500 annually. Research studies show the main problem is extra bedding in the crib, which can lead to suffocation. I know, it’s hard to believe that cute little blanket your best friend gave you isn’t safe for your baby! Unfortunately numbers don’t lie, and your baby’s safety is paramount.
That’s why Colgate has teamed up with the innovative, safe crib bedding solution called QuickZip on a fabulous shopping spree for one lucky winner. Shop from a variety of premium crib products, including the QuickZip’s Sweet Dreams Sheet Collection, Colgate’s Eco Classica I, and much, much more.
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QuickZip was created by Elizabeth Sopher, a Denver-based mom/scientist who wanted an easier, safer sheet for her newborn daughter. Elizabeth was tired of wrestling her crib mattress just to change the sheet and knew there had to be better way.
QuickZip is a two-piece fitted sheet system, which zips together for fast, easy sheet changes. In addition to being the only easy-to-change crib sheet on the market, QuickZip is one of the only safety crib sheets currently available. Many parents don’t think about the safety factor in terms of crib sheets, but when traditional crib sheets pop off the mattress, parents can have a real-life baby safety hazard on their hands.
Once installed, the QuickZip base will remain snug around the sides of the mattress and never have to be removed. The zip-on sheet then quickly and easily zips on and off for easy changing. The zipper is covered and the pull tucks away out of site and out of baby’s reach. QuickZip comes in a variety of colors and patterns, as well as 100% cotton, 100% organic cotton and super soft, fleece fabric options.
Along with buying the safest crib sheet, it’s essential to purchase a firm crib mattress. Mommy influencers and parents worldwide buy Colgate not only because we offer the highest quality, safest crib mattresses, but also because crib mattresses are what we love and have been doing since 1955. There are lots of Colgate mattresses to choose from, made with the latest technology and eco-friendly materials. Colgate products are also GREENGUARD® Gold and CertiPUR-US® certified safe.
Our mattresses are lightweight, safe and comfy. What more can you ask for? And moms love them! Below, we’ve also included important tips from Colgate’s D.R.E.A.M. SAFE program. We believe these safe sleep practices can help protect your baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
D ~ DO place baby on her back to sleep.
Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
R ~ REMEMBER a firm crib mattress is always best.
Firmness aids in development of baby’s muscles and bones. Soft beds naturally give and contour which can impede a babies breathing and trap heat, which can also be dangerous.
E ~ ELIMINATE clutter.
Do not put anything soft, loose or fluffy in your baby’s sleep space. Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad or waterproof pad should be used under baby.
A ~ ALWAYS place baby in the crib to sleep.
Never place your baby to sleep on top of any soft surface. This includes adult beds, couches, pillows, cushions, comforters and sheepskins.
M ~ MONITOR air flow and temperature.
Make sure your baby doesn’t get too warm during sleep. Use lightweight sleep clothing and keep room temperature at what would be comfortable for a lightly-clothed adult. For newborns, consider swaddling.