Car accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death of Canadian children, so installing your car seat safely is critically important. Not only is the installation important, but how long should your baby stay in their car seat? What if they fall asleep there? Let’s dive into those questions and learn everything you need to know about car seat safety.
The information in the post came from a conversation I had with Katherine Hutka. Katherine is a health promotion specialist for Child Safety Link, a children's injury prevention center at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She's also the president of the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada, a national nonprofit organization.
Swaddling has been a long-standing traditional practice, possibly dating back thousands of years. It is generally done with a blanket, but recently products such as swaddling sleep sacks have come on the market, making it even easier.
Swaddling doesn’t come without its challenges though and it's not something that is right for every baby, so here are some things to consider first.
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released details from their comprehensive research on how best to keep babies safe, with particular attention to sleep practices and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The recommendation that has most people talking is that parents should room share with babies for their first year of life. While this may seem excessive, here’s what you need to know about SIDS and why this recommendation has been suggested:
Ashley Cooley is a birth, baby and sleep specialist living in Dartmouth, NS with her husband and their three girls.