It's a fear among all new parents that their child will be one of the many children struck by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (aka crib death). In a recent study published this month in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine researchers found that parents can decrease their child's risk of SIDS by a whopping 72% by using a fan in the bedroom. There many be number of reasons why a newborn might stop breathing or accidentally suffocate and the American Pediatric Association has stated the possible risk factors as:
- Buy Organic cotton sleep ware without fire retardant
- Buy Organic crib mattresses without fire retardants, plastics, and other chemicals
- Bedding should also be without fire retardants (remember these don't wash off)
- Paint your new baby's room with paints that are water based, contain no ammonia, toulene, glycol esters, heavy metals (cobalt, cadmium etc), phthalates or other VOC's (volatile organic compounds. Paint well before your baby's arrival so the initial off gassing abates before his or her arrival.
- If you already have a conventional mattress, you can wrap it in clear 125 micron colorless polyethene wrapping. This will reduce the exposure to chemicals from the baby's mattress below. Be careful that the wrapping is clear and not white or contain PVC.
- If buying new furniture, choose used, wood furniture not made from pressed particle board or similar materials which off gas for up to a decade.
- Avoid carpet in your baby's room. Choose area rugs instead. The carpet off gasses from the glue and other treatments applied to the carpet and the padding.
- Use an air purifier. Get a substantial one, my favorite is by Austin Air. A good sized one will filter up to 1500+ square feet of home.
- Get a fan, this is a cheaper alternative for your baby's room.