Nursery Safety Part III-Back to Sleep with Halo

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Halo wants all babies to sleep safe and sound. In fact, this sleepwear company has released a set of tips (Back is Best Tips for Safe Sleep) to help new parents get baby to sleep the right way. By following these simple rules, parents and caregivers can help their baby survive and thrive:

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* Place your baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and night time.
* Use a safety approved crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress.
* Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby's sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers and positioners).
* Use a SleepSack wearable blanket to replace loose blankets in your baby's crib
* DO NOT put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins, etc.) .
* Room sharing is safer than bed sharing.
* DO NOT dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
* DO NOT let anyone smoke around your baby or be in a room where someone has recently smoked.
* Educate relatives, baby sitters and other caregivers about these important safety tips.
* Tummy time is important for babies while they are awake and being supervised. Place your baby on his or her tummy for playtime to help strengthen their upper body muscles.

Use the link here to print out a door hanger for your nursery with these tips in either Spanish or English

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Win it! One lucky reader is going to get a Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket (you pick the color; value $24.95). The Halo SleepSack is the perfect solution to the 'no blanket' rule in cribs. To enter the giveaway, visit the Halo site here and peruse their safe sleeping options. Then come back to Momtrends and tell one reason you love Halo.

Be sure to add your contact email. Contest open to US residents ages 18 and over. Contest ends 3/31/09. Winners will be announced on a blog post. If winner fails to respond in three days a new winner will be chosen.

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