A baby sleep positioner is a small soft sleeping device, made of two round cushions placed on both sides, which should possibly improve the safety and comfort of the baby while sleeping. It prevents babies from rolling over to their tummies or other awkward positions while sleeping. This also helps in encouraging the baby to develop the right sleeping habit.
Ever since the increased awareness of SIDS, parents tend to make more use of baby sleep positioners to provide more comfort and security for their babies. However, a baby sleep positioner is not always safe to use, as it may not suit the baby and instead be very uncomfortable for him. So, it is advisable to be very careful while using one and avoid it if it’s not necessary.
Side Sleeping Baby Sleep Positioner
The side sleeping position can be very tricky, as it needs to be ensured that the baby does not roll over to his tummy in his sleep. Parents usually extend the baby’s lower arm in front and roll up a towel to prop the baby against the side of the crib and also place another towel in front, to keep him from rolling back over. The danger with doing this is that the towel can come unrolled during the night and cover up the face.
Something like a crib sling will be a safer baby sleep positioner, where the baby can be placed on his back in the sling with the mattress being propped or flat, and then rolling him onto his side and placing an enfolded blanket behind to keep him from rolling back. The sling will make sure the baby does not roll over onto his tummy, and there won’t be any blanket in front to worry about.
Another device is a Zaky Hand or Zaky pillow, which replicates the weight of a human hand and provides the propping and boundary needed to keep the baby safely on his side. Zaky hands and pillows are made of soft hand made anti-pilling, anti-allergenic and soft polyester coverings, which are best for babies who are fuzzy about sleeping only on the parents or caretakers chest.
Tummy and left side Baby Sleep Positioner
Researches show that babies reflux less when they are positioned on their tummies and left sides as the stomach acid is furthest from the esophagus. It is advisable for parents to consult the baby’s doctor or pediatrician on swaddling and putting the baby on his left side. It is also good to get a monitor which can allow the baby to sleep on his tummy. The monitor tracks the baby’s movements, and an alarm goes off if he stops breathing.
Baby Hammocks and Crib Wedges
A baby hammock is a very comfortable baby sleep positioner which is great for soothing fuzzy babies, though parents need to be careful of the position it puts the baby in with reflux. The Hammock creates a nice womb-like environment, but it is not an upright and straight spine position, and puts some pressure on the tummy. This is not an issue for most babies, but if a baby is sensitive to positioning, then it would be best not to use a Hammock. Crib wedges are slightly angled and propped cribs. Most babies just slide down it and end up sleeping at the foot of the crib. To avoid this, the end up towards the head can be propped.
Acid Reflux Pillows and Wedges
These are pillows and wedges that can easily be placed under the crib (or bricks can also be placed under) to bring it to an upright position, which is a very effective baby sleep positoner for babies with infant acid reflux. Such babies typically have interrupted sleeps and often keep tossing and turning unless swaddled in an effort to find a comfortable position that reduces the occurrence of infant acid reflux. It is sometimes necessary for babies with reflux to sleep on their stomachs and should only do so on secure infant and baby wedges. They are also great for babies with sleep apnea and congestion.
Baby Sleep Position for the Family Bed and Co-Sleepers
Babies may not likely sleep or nap well until their reflux problem is managed. Many babies with reflux need to nurse in an upright position, making it necessary for mothers to nurse in bed. This can be done with caution. If parents co-sleep, they should always follow the safe sleeping advice. A baby sleeping wedge can come in bed with the parents without worry and reduce their concerns about rolling onto the baby. This will keep the baby at a good angle which may also mean a longer sleeping cycle. Some parents prefer using a co-sleeper that attaches to the side of the bed. A wedge style baby sleep positoner can easily go on top of the mattress in a co-sleeper as well as in a normal crib.