Safety over comfort

After a long busy day, dinner, and a nice warm shower, we all cannot wait to snuggle into our beds. We find our favorite pajamas to put on, the ones that hugs our bodies and cuddles us during the night. We lie down for a peaceful night’s rest.

Babies too, anticipate bedtime. They spend their days exploring the new world that they are now apart of, and after a new day’s adventure, nothing is more soothing for a baby than a good night of sleep. Unfortunately, many babies die from Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs) due to complications during their sleep.

In 2014, twenty-four babies died from SUID in the Northeast Florida region alone. Duval county, which also accounted for the most births, had the highest infant mortality rate in the region. 8.8 deaths per 1000 live births, according to the annual FIMR findings.

SUIDs often times occur because of suffocation. Having too many items in your baby’s crib, co-sleeping, laying your baby on an extra soft surface or allowing your baby to sleep on their stomachs are just some factors that play a role is SUID.

But one factor that plays a huge role, and often times goes unthought-of, is the nightwear a baby wears to sleep. When deciding what pajamas to put your newborn in for the night, comfort should only be half of your concern; safety should be the other.

It’s important to dress babies in clothing that isn’t too loose. Dressing your baby in loose fitting nightwear increases their chances of suffocating during the night. Onesies are the best option for sleep. It is important to avoid clothing that can rise up towards your baby’s face, such as loose fitting shirts or sleep blankets equipped with connected hoods. Sleepwear made of cotton is always a better choice, because it is both soft and breathable, which helps controls your baby’s body temperature throughout the night.

It is also important to note the temperature of the room in which your baby is sleeping. If the temperature in the room is below 75°, add an extra layer to your baby, such as a shirt underneath their onesie or a hat and mittens to keep warm. If it is warm inside of the room, be sure to remove a few layers as overheating can lead to suffocation as well.