A few weeks ago, I’d have looked at this picture and cried, “danger! danger!” We all know that babies are supposed to go to sleep on their backs in an empty crib–no blankets, no bumpers, no stuffed animals, no positioners, no pillows. Now that Sam is a GER baby, we’re having to let go of some of those rules.
Sam’s pediatrician suggested that we get him a wedge to sleep on in his crib. The problem is, the ones we’ve seen either look dangerous or are such a gentle incline that they won’t help at all. Since that won’t work, we decided to play around with Sam’s Pack and Play. First, we elevated his head by putting some pillows under one end of the pack and play mattress. The result? Sam scooted himself to the bottom of the mattress, somehow turning himself sideways in the process. We decided we needed a positioner to keep him from rolling or slumping to the side. After a few minutes with the positioner, we found him with his head deep down inside his swaddle. (Not safe!) The positioner kept him from moving to the side, but not from sliding down. Today we added some books at his feet to keep him from sliding down. It’s working so far, but we won’t be moving his pack and play up to the bedroom anytime soon. We’re more comfortable leaving him like this when we can peek in at him regularly