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Is my baby snug and warm in a Sleepwrap? Not too hot?


A Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap itself will not cause overheating.  The Original Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap fabric has been scientifically tested at the University of Otago New Zealand against five other cotton fabrics. 

The Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap baby wrap is made from the top quality, chemical free, 100% breathable cotton that has a specific weave, which is specifically woven for Safe T Sleep. The testing shows a ‘Tog’ rating of 0.27, which is highly breathable - especially important for young babies in the high Cot Death/SIDS/SUDI risk period, considered to be upto 6months old and for babies living in hot climates.

Since 1992 thousands of young babies in Brisbane Australia, where temperatures regularly reach well around 40 degrees Celsius in summer, use Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap products.


The most important message is to ensure that your baby is not over dressed or the room too hot and that your baby’s head and face cannot become covered when sleeping.

To check if baby’s are overheating, pediatricians tell us to feel the baby’s back, tummy and back of the neck, underneath the clothes. If your baby feels clammy or sweaty you will need to remove a layer of clothing or turn down the heating and to look at the baby’s colour. If red and sweaty, they are likely to be too hot.

Trust your instincts; and be aware of your own body temperature.

Consider the temperature of the room and also check that baby’s sleepwear is made from natural fabrics so that they are highly breathable. Ideally use bed linen that are made from natural fibres, such as 100% chemical-free, soft brushed cotton and blankets from soft wool.

Many babies like comfortable, secure boundaries and the feeling of being held and ‘tucked in’, they then sleep more restfully.
The Sleepwrap is used with all types of traditional, soft muslin & other modern babywraps like the Love To Dream, baby sleeping bags, pyjamas/sleepwear or any type of natural fibre babywrap and baby is tucked in with large, natural fibre sheets and breathable blankets that are large enough to tuck right underneath the mattress with a little ‘tug’ to allow feet to move. The Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap makes all these options a safer practice.
With a Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap, almost all natural movement is possible for your baby during sleep; the Sleepwrap holds a newborn baby to approximately 6months of age gently and safely in a more secure position in any bed. It is important to tuck a large sheet and/or blanket, preferably a soft breathable blanket, over baby and well underneath the sides and foot of the mattress to hold sheets and blankets in place.
As the baby is held in the centre of the cot, they are less likely to push themselves up into corners or down into the bottom of the cot, pulling their blankets out and then waking up cold.
Thousands of years of well documented evidence and observational experience show that babies often love to be ‘tucked in’, even when in a sleeping bag.
Remember it is unsafe to use duvets or fleece covers with babies under 2years old, because these are usually made from non-breathable, synthetic lightweight materials and are light and too easily kicked or pulled over babies face.
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Is swaddling still in Fashion?

Is swaddling still in Fashion?
Sometime ago now I recently recorded a series off the Living Channel called “Bringing up baby” which follows 6 sets of British parents as they follow 3 different parenting gurus – Truby King from the 50’s, Dr Spock from the 60’s and the Continuum concept from the 70’s. The huge differences in the approach to parenting was really interesting as the programme followed the couples in the first 3 months of their babies lives. It is amazing that in just 3 decades there was such a huge difference in techniques and advice. I don’t know about you but I found there is a lot more acceptance nowadays of being able to choose the approach that works best for you and your family. In fact this show seemed to reinforce this attitude with all of the babies settling after 3 months but the degree to which the parents social and love lives got back on track really differed!
It seems swaddling/wrapping babies is one of several techniques that have been in and out of fashion right throughout history.
There is well researched and documented evidence to show that babies respond well to the reassurance of boundaries and ‘nesting’. For centuries children in different cultures have been lovingly swaddled and wrapped in gauze, slings and in materials of different kinds.
Wrapping helps maintain womblike conditions and helps contain sudden involuntary movements which can often startle very young infants awake, promoting safer and more restful sleeping. It can become part of the pre sleep association for babies; they associate being wrapped with the security of sleep. This is particularly the case if the wrapping experience is a pleasant one, accompanied by quiet soothing sounds of singing or shushing or soft music. It can be an empowering settling technique for both mother and baby.
However some research cautions against swaddling especially with issues like the swaddling becoming loose and posing a suffocation risk; over heating or on the other hand having the swaddling too tight which may interfere with breathing or natural, necessary hip movement. Therefore make sure that you use ‘breathable’ natural fabrics and consider using the Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap over any swaddling or sleepwear to reduce all these risks. I liked to wrap my children in cotton Muslin for the first 3weeks-3months but they were little Houdini’s and I found that the Sleepwrap helped to keep the muslin swaddling in place which meant that I didn’t need to be as firm with my swaddling technique and the swaddle wrap couldn’t unravel. When they were ready to want their arms up I simply ditched the swaddle and just used the Sleepwrap…so easy!
From Maria at the Safe T Sleep family
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The Safe T Sleep® device: safety and efficacy in maintaining infant sleeping position

The Safe-T-Sleep® device: safety and efficacy in maintaining infant sleeping position

Tristan de Chalain


Aims - The issue of infant sleeping position has socio-political ramifications. Current recommendations endorse supine sleeping as an aid to reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Persistent sleeping of a newborn infant in the same position may induce plagiocephaly without synostosis (PWS). Parents in our craniofacial clinic, whose children present with PWS, often feel torn between apparently conflicting goals – avoiding SIDS and avoiding PWS. The Safe-T-Sleep® device, a form of infant sleep wrap, purportedly allows safe semi-supine positioning, thus ameliorating PWS (by preventing the infant from lying on the cranial ‘flat spot’) while not increasing the risk of SIDS. Before recommending the device to parents in our plagiocephaly clinics, we designed a prospective, hospital-based trial to assess the safety and efficacy of the device in maintaining selected sleeping positions. This was not a trial of the efficacy of the Safe-T-Sleep® device in treating plagiocephaly.

Methods - The devices were trialed on 31 babies, between birth and 11 months of age. A total of 396 hours of observations were recorded.

Results - The device maintained the selected body position in 94% of recorded observations and head position in 87%. There were no significant adverse events or complications associated with the use of the Safe-T-Sleep® device.

Conclusions - The device appears to be safe and effective. It is now being advocated in our clinic as an aid to active counter-positioning strategies to passively correct incipient or established positional plagiocephaly in younger babies.

New Zealand has experienced something of an epidemic of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or cot deaths over recent years. As a result, there has been considerable national debate about the issue and research into causal factors is examined with great interest by a wide range of interested parties. Current recommendations from experts in the field strongly advocate supine positioning for sleeping infants, citing a sixfold reduction in the risk of SIDS when compared with a prone sleeping position, and a threefold reduction when compared with side-lying.1,2,3.

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