I read from the Center of Disease and Control website that there are around 4,200 SUIDs or sudden unexpected infant deaths per year in the US and 50% of which are caused by SIDS, which is the leading cause of infant death from 1–12 months old. The cause of death is either unknown or sleep-related suffocation. For sleep related suffocation, the main culprit is usually loose bedding. Bedding that bunches up around a baby’s mouth can cause dangerous re-breathing of carbon dioxide –– a leading risk factor for SIDS.

Here in the Philippines, we don’t hear as much news about SIDS. If we don’t hear about it, it doesn’t mean that there are no cases of  SIDS. We don’t hear much about this syndrome because of lack of awareness and documentation and NOT because it does not happen. A friend of mine attended a parenting seminar at St. Lukes recently and believe it or not, 5 out of 40 moms knew someone who lost their baby to SIDS. That’s already 12.5% of the Moms on that event! She also heard of a story, where a mom had just finished feeding her daughter a bottle and placed her daughter on the bed to burp. She only turned her back on the baby to clean up the bottles and when she came back, her baby had already died of suffocation.

I also heard of a baby that died, while he was sleeping beside the parents during a family vacation. How about you? Do you know of any similar story?

It’s good that babies are never left alone (laging may nakabantay) in our country. If not the parents, the grandparents, yaya or househelp, aunts and uncles, etc. are all willing volunteers to look after baby. But even if we watch baby 24/7, we know that as humans, we get tired and we fall asleep. We can practice safe sleep though. This is to keep babies safe while they are sleeping.

Here are tips for safe sleep:

We recently tried using a wearable blanket for Zeeka. We never really got to swaddle her when she was a baby. She hated the fact that she could not move her arms. We would then use a loose blanket with yaya watching over her when she slept. But of course, she would kick the blanket away from her so it was actually useless to use a loose blanket. Now that I learned about safe sleep, I was excited to try the HALO Sleep Sack.

The HALO Sleep Sack

The HALO Sleep Sack

First of all, using HALO SleepSack wearable blanket is safe. I would not have to worry about sudden infant deaths. I wouldn’t even have to worry about yaya dozing off at night. She can actually have her rest, too.

HALO is the only product to carry the seals of First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (CFSID).

Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket Features

Zeeka in a HALO Sleep Sack

Zeeka in a HALO Sleep Sack

I had Zeeka try it and she loved it. First of all, the blanket had sleeves so she was free to move her arms. It was perfect for her! Also, she loves kicking her legs and I was glad that there was enough leg room. With a loose blanket, she would kick it until she didn’t have any blanket covering her. With this, no matter how much she kicks, she still feels cozy and warm.

I also love the feel of the blanket. I was also easy to wash. My yaya just hand-washed it and let it dry. And do you see the design? It was soooo Zeeka! She loves owls and it was a coincidence that the design of her HALO Sleep sack was an image of an owl 🙂

I would recommend it to friends and to you, my readers, since it really is safer. I hope that they would come out with more designs.

For more information about the product, please visit the HALO Philippines Facebook Page.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wrote about the Joy of Learning event yesterday and guess what, I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the seminar!

For those who want to learn more about the Joy of Learning Workshop presented by Fisher-Price, please go to this link:
http://mommyginger.com/2013/05/the-joy-of-learning-workshop.html

The Joy of Learning Workshop

The Joy of Learning Workshop

If you want to win FREE tickets to the event, just follow the mechanics in the Rafflecoptre widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners will be announced on June 6, 2013!

Ej, Baby Zeeka and I (and our yaya) are definitely going so I hope to see you there! 🙂 Feel free to approach me so that I can get to know you! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

I am an advocate of continuous learning! I believe that you should not stop learning — learning about anything and everything. Right now, I am very active when it comes to learning about how to be a good parent. With Baby Zeeka, i’d like to be the best mom that I can possibly be. This is the reason why I created the First Time Parents Workshop Series. This is to help other moms and dads who have the same goals as me. I am very excited to meet these parents on Saturday. I know that even if this is the first time that I will be meeting them, we will be connected by this bond that we share which is to be the best version of (parents) ourselves for our children.

For those who have not yet signed up for the First Time Parents Workshop Series: What to Know Before Giving Birth, do sign up now:
http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/04/first-time-parents-before-giving-birth.html

Use the code FTP1MG to avail of a 50% discount and pay only Php 600 for each participant.

Now, I also found this workshop that I want to attend. I actually signed up already and I will be going with my husband and our yaya. This workshop is The Joy of Learning Workshop.

The Joy of Learning Workshop

The Joy of Learning Workshop

This workshop is brought to us by Fisher-Price. This workshop will be about how important parents are (and I believe yayas, too!) in child development. It will be conducted by Carrie Lupoli, a child expert. This workshop will be on June 16, 2013 (Sunday) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Crown Plaza in Ortigas.

I’m excited to learn from this workshop and i’m more excited to apply my learnings!

To register, please visit: http://richwell.net/fisherprice/

Hope to see you and meet you on both events, Moms and Dads!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

This is the first time I got to wear rompers. I usually wear frog suites, onesies and dresses.

Romper-eee Romper-oo!

Romper-eee Romper-oo!

 

I have to admit! These are very comfortable. Thank you Ninang Neva, Tito Dan, Kuya David and Kuya Noah for the Gift of GAP. I feel like a Baby GAP Model *winks* in these Baby GAP Rompers

– Baby Z

Details:
GAP Philippines: https://www.facebook.com/GapPhilippines

As you all know, we are having this First Time Parents Workshop. This is brought to you by Medela Moms, Inc., Manila Workshops and The Learning Basket. I feel generous today, so I will be giving out FREE SEATS to this Workshop for 3 couples.

First Time Parents Workshop Series

First Time Parents Workshop Series

What do you have to do? All you have to do is leave the following details in the comments sections below:

Full Name
How many weeks pregnant or how old is your child?
Email Address (So I can notify you if you have won)
and
Answer the question: What questions do you have as a First Time Parent (or a parent who needs a “refresher” course)?

I will choose the winners (raffle off the entries) on Monday, May 27, 2013 using randomizer.org.

Good luck! For those who do not win, you can avail of a 50% discount on the price by typing FTP1MG in the space provided for the Coupon Code in the registration form. To register, please go to this link:

http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/04/first-time-parents-before-giving-birth.html

We are also holding the same giveaway at our sister site, ManilaMommy.com. Do visit her page, too!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger