Reducing the risk of SIDS

Millennial Motherhood - Reducing the risk of SIDS

This blog post is proudly in partnership & sponsored by Philips & PTPA.
All opinions are 100% my own & researched.

When you’re a new mother or mother to be you’re constantly searching the internet to educate yourself on everything & anything baby related. Including the best environment for your baby to sleep in. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is something every parent will worry about and I am here today to let you know ways you can reduce the risk of SIDS. Let’s start with Soothers!

Millennial Motherhood - Tanya Connor


Sucking on a soothie/pacifier without a strap or string at naptime and also bedtime, may reduce the risk of SIDS because it is often stimulating babies mouth & baby senses to breathe. Prior to Lucas being born I purchased Philips Avent soothies, I was so excited about the little plush animals attached to them & just how cute soothies looked. However, I didn’t know the importance of soothers & how they can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death! We also like to keep soothers on the cuddle elephant so we can spot it if we’re in a rush to grab & go, also it’s a cute little plush extra comfort! You can also detach the pacifier and replace with a different one to sterlize the pacifiers and the plush elephant can be washed in the washer.

Using a pacifier can help baby with better coordination when suckling on a paci. The non-nutritive suckling allows little one to practice more on suck-swallow & breathe actions, which also effectively allows baby to feed better when going from breast to bottle.

A great tip for all mama’s is to wait about 4 weeks until introducing a pacifier into baby’s life if you’re struggling with breast feeding.  

Best time to offer baby a pacifier is before a nap or bedtime. If you offer before a feed baby may not ingest as much due to already feeling full & tricking its tummy by using the pacifier!

Millennial Motherhood - Tanya

Finding the right pacifier for your little one

 Philips Avent is our go-to for multiple reasons because all of their pacifiers are orthodontic recommended, BPA free & support natural palate development. Every baby will be different with preference. It also goes down to age, skin sensitivity. One pacifier doesn’t fit all, even if we think a color or design is so so cute and wish our baby would use them. Your baby will choose!


If you go to Philips Avent’s website you will see they have SIX options.

·      The Mini (0-2months)

·      Soothie (3-18 months)

·      The Classic (6-18months)

·      Free Flow (18months+)

·      Ultra soft (0-6months & 6-18 months)

·      Ultra air (0-6months & 6-18 months)

Back Sleeping

Over the years it has often changed on how to put your baby to sleep. I’ve had mothers who are in their 50s & 60s explain how they would put babies to sleep in their crib. It was of course a different way than back sleeping! Always recommended to have baby sleeping on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS. When Lucas was born it was always recommended to put him on his back, he would never like to be in a swaddle and would make his way out too!

Millennial Motherhood - Tanya

Keep baby’s crib bare

Lucas was sleeping in his crib at 5 weeks old because he was too big for a bassinet! He is a very tall boy & has always been in the 100th percentile for his height. Keeping the crib bare of plush animals, bumper pads, blankets, or anything else that may be hazardous and hinder baby’s breathing should never be inside the baby’s crib.


Keeping baby cool at night

We are in a day in age where sleep sacks are one of the best inventions for out little ones! Not only can you get them in different TOGs (TOG is a unit of measure of thermal insulation) but so many cute patterns! Great as a blanket that won’t hinder baby’s breathing & keeps them cozy all night long.

I hope this blog post helped ease your new mama mind or helped give you some insight on tips maybe you didn’t know about!


I hope these useful suggestions ease your mind!