Good morning friends!
This week marks National Sleep Awareness Week (March 14-20th). I suffer from insomnia, so I can tell you first hand how rough things can be when I get short on sleep. I also work as a firefighter and that schedule does anything but allow for a normal sleep and family life. And with a now 5.5 year old old AND 13 month old; sleep is still missing from our lives.
National Sleep Awareness Week
That brings me to the point of this blog. While we all need and love our sleep, were you aware that in the Phoenix-area that co-sleeping with infants kills twice as many infants as drownings do? When was the last time that you heard about a drowning versus a co-sleeping death? Co-sleeping is a deeply personal choice for your family. And I actually love taking naps with my child- but I usually just close my eyes for roughly half an hour instead of actually sleeping.
In many parts of the world, co-sleeping is a normal and customary ritual. I am not sure if the majority of fatalities in the US are due to over-worked and exhausted parents, or drug or alcohol related, or even due to the super soft double-pillow topped mattresses that many of us use; but I implore you to look at your own situation with an open eye. There are side sleepers available that hook on to the side of your bed, creating a separate and safe sleeping zone for your little. When they get older, you can move them to a crib which should help you regain your sleep patterns as well. Please reference the attached picture to see some of the major dangers that a child faces while in their crib, as well.
We cannot cover every safe sleep option in this blog, so be sure to call us at (480) 448-0266 to schedule your private and custom home safety program so we can help keep your entire family safe.
Safety Nick, as he is affectionately known, is the owner and operator of Home Hazard Prevention, LLC. Nick has been a professional firefighter in the South East Valley since 2005. HHP was launched in the Winter of 2012. With Nick’s extensive background in responding to and preventing emergencies, he decided that it was time to help the citizens of Maricopa and Pinal Counties learn how to be safe in a proactive manner. Nick has a wonderful (and understanding!) wife and the world’s most beautiful baby girl. He works tireless hours not only to help save your families lives, both as a firefighter and as a community safety expert, but also to be able to spend quality time with his family.