Sleep Tight: Infant Sleeping Best Practices

At New Jammies, we all know the old saying, “Babies don’t come with instructions.” Lucky for us, there are helpful organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, among many others, to help us navigate child-rearing. Many of the first questions we have as parents has much to do about sleep.

Especially safety and sleep.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a safe sleep environment that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths,” says the AAP. “Recommendations for a safe sleep environment include supine positioning, the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating.”

The APA reports approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the U.S. from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Recent updates to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for SIDS reduction include the avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs; breastfeeding; routine immunization; and use of a pacifier.

”New evidence is also presented for skin-to-skin care for newborn infants, use of bedside and in-bed sleepers, sleeping on couches/armchairs and in sitting devices, and use of soft bedding after 4 months of age,” the APA reports.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following baby safety tips to keep in mind for parents:

• Place your baby to sleep on his or her back for all sleep times — including short naps

• Never place the baby on its side or stomach to sleep

• Use a safety-approved mattress and crib

• No pillows, blankets, bumper pads, stuffed toys or sleep positioners in the crib

• Feel free to share a room with your baby, but resist the temptation to bring them into your bed

• And remember, money should never be an issue when it comes to the safety of your child! KeepingBabiesSafe.org runs a donor-supported program that offers free safety-approved cribs to financially challenged parents.

Keeping Babies Safe has already donated thousands of safe cribs to those who need them most, since its founding in 2006 by Joyce Davis. She lost her four-month-old son, Garret, to a completely preventable circumstance: an unsafe sleeping condition that might have been avoided had the proper information been available. Keeping Babies Safe also serves as a dedicated resource for free information about reliable crib and sleep safety information, safety tips, and product recall information.

”We help parents, caregivers and hospital personnel stay vigilant about keeping babies safe in their nurseries,” says the nonprofit’s mission statement.

This noble cause is funded with the help of sponsors and donations from the general public. With every $125 donation, Keeping Babies Safe can purchase a new crib that complies with the federal crib standards.

”Project Safe Crib donation helps provide safe cribs to financially-challenged parents. Keeping Babies Safe will purchase safe cribs at an industry discount and offer them to human service organizations with proven training in safe crib practices,” KBS says. “Trained professionals then set up our donated cribs in homes according to the highest safety standards. Since 2007, Project Safe Crib has donated more than 8,000 safe cribs nationwide. With your help, we can raise this number over 10,000 – and more.”

Start out the new year helping others by donating online to here, or mail a check to:

Keeping Babies Safe
16 Mount Bethel Road
Suite #245
Warren, NJ 07059

If your employer has a gift matching program, your donation to Keeping Babies Safe can be doubled and in some cases tripled. Ask your employer and submit the necessary paperwork with your donation to KBS.

Here’s to helping sleeping babies stay safe in 2018, and beyond!

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How New Jammies Supports Safe Sleeping

New Jammies Sleep Sacks

Our cozy Sleep Sacks have babies safely sleeping in comfort. Our double-layered organic cotton design is warm and breathable. Our Sleep Sack fits perfectly over New Jammies footie pajamas for cool evenings or can be paired with a onesie for warmer nights. In addition, New Jammies Sleep Sacks encourage baby to sleep on their backs until they can comfortably roll over from their back or tummy, and eliminates loose crib blankets for the prevention of SIDS.

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Eat Right: Tips and Recipes for Kids with Food Allergies

New Jammies LobstersThey’re called the Big-8: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. They’re the most common foods that cause allergies, with more than 3 million U.S. cases a year.

They can also wreak havoc on the once-simple act of shopping for and feeding New Jammies kids.

“Peanuts, nuts, and seafood are the most common causes of severe reactions,” says the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Allergies also occur to other foods such as meats, fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds such as sesame.”

The good news, says the Academy, is food allergies can be outgrown during early childhood.

“Food allergy is more common in children than adults, but many allergies eventually resolve. Among the most common food allergies in children — milk, egg, wheat and soy — often resolve in childhood; peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish allergies can resolve, but are more likely to persist.”

The AAP says an estimated 80-90% of egg, milk, wheat, and soy allergies go away by age 5 years. But some allergies are stubborn.

“For example, 1 in 5 young children will outgrow a peanut allergy and fewer will outgrow allergies to nuts or seafood. Your pediatrician or allergist can perform tests to track your child’s food allergies and watch to see if they are going away.”

The AllergyKids Foundation strives to build community and provide information for people who want to protect the health of their loved ones, especially the 1 in 3 American children with allergies, ADHD, autism and asthma. One goal is to protect families from the additives now found in our food supply.

“We have the solutions to help make your experience easier and a wealth of information about how you and those you love can avoid additives and hidden allergens in many popular foods,” AllergyKids says.

The Foundation wants to restore kids’ health, one bite at a time.

“Take it from us. We have children with allergies, ADHD, autism and asthma, too. Finding safe and healthy solutions by helping to reduce your family’s exposure to food additives is what we’re good at. Let us share our knowledge and ideas.”

One way the AllergyKids Foundation works to build community is through its CARE Training for teachers and staff with food-allergic students. To effectively educate others, parents can partner with their schools by approaching them with a positive, understanding attitude, speaking with them about meals and special events, and packing their lunches and snack packs.

To help schools create a safe environment for food-allergic kids, AllergyKids has developed guidelines for training teachers and staff who supervise students at risk of anaphylaxis (http://www.allergykids.com/what-you-can-do/in-the-school). School nurses are uniquely positioned to implement and/or supervise this training program. Teachers and staff who supervise food-allergic students can receive training on the following topics:

• Comprehending the basics about food allergies.
• Avoidance of the food allergen.
• Recognizing the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
• Emergency Action Plan!

AllergyKids founder, former food anylyst and mother of four Robyn O’Brien, who has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by the New York Times and Bloomberg, has been instrumental  in publicizing that food addictives and processes have triggered an allergic reaction in the food industry. By asking, “Are we allergic to food or what’s been done to it?” people are listening.

Robyn O'BrienHer podcast, “Take Out with Ashley & Robyn” can be heard worldwide on iTunes, and her in-depth articles can be read here: https://robynobrien.com/articles.

Through her now-famous TEDx talk, she asked, “Do you know what you are eating?” O’Brien tells the story of how she started paying attention to what’s in food. Watch here: https://youtu.be/fWXrRftyOMY.

“The answer may surprise you and it will certainly inspire you to be more deliberate about your food choices,” she says.

Kids With Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, also provides valuable info and recipes to help parents shopping and preparing meals for kids with allergies:

• Always read labels! Product ingredients can change without notice. Do not assume a recipe or product is safe for you. Contact manufacturers to confirm safety for your allergy needs.

• Some recipes can be made “free of” that allergen. You may need to use a substitution or alternative product to make that recipe safe for the allergies you are managing.

• For assistance with a recipe or ingredient substitution, post on Kids With Food Allergies’ Food and Cooking support forums (http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/forum/food_and_cooking). Receive personal help to alter a recipe to make it allergy-free for your child’s needs.

• Kids With Food Allergies’ Wonderful Collection of Safe Eats™ provides allergy-friendly recipes online at http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/page/recipes-diet.aspx.

This pancake recipe, created by Mark Feblowitz, with an apple cinnamon option that follows, can help solve some food allergy breakfast challenges for New Jammies families:


Pancakes
Egg and Milk-Free Pancakes

Ingredients
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup water
1/4-1/3 cup oil
1/3-1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Directions
1. Mix and cook on a well-seasoned, well-heated griddle.

Notes
We double this now that our son is a voracious teenager. His favorite variation of this is Apple Cinnamon Pancakes.

Substitutions
Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.

Corn Substitutions: Corn is a common ingredient in products. Starch, modified food starch, dextrin and maltodextrin can be from corn. Consult with your physician to find out which corn derivatives you need to avoid. Many corn-free options are available in the US. Find out more about corn substitutions.


Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Ingredients
1 recipe Pancakes, prepared (see above)
Granny Smith Apples, thin-sliced
sugar
cinnamon

Directions
1. On a well-seasoned, pre-heated griddle put a layer of batter, a layer of sliced apples, a layer of sugar and cinnamon and another layer of batter.
2. The griddle needs to be slightly cooler than you would normally use for pancakes so that it will cook through.

Notes
This a variation of Egg and Milk-Free Pancakes, but should work with any safe pancake batter.
Fruity Chicken and Rice Salad

Fruity Chicken and Rice Salad
Courtesy Category: Kristin J

Ingredients
2 cups rice, cooked & cooled
1 medium baked chicken breast, diced
1/3 stalk celery (including leaves), diced
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup diced red bell peppers (optional)
Zest and juice from one orange
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
3 tsp sugar (optional)
1 tsp dried mustard powder (optional)
to taste salt and pepper

Directions
1. In a medium bowl, combine the canola oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper.
2. Add the orange zest and juice, celery and peppers and stir.
3. Add the chicken and rice and mix well.
4. Stir in the cranberries, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes
This makes a really good breakfast, since it’s fruity but still has protein in it. You could also omit the chicken and make it a vegetarian meal.


Grilled Veggie 'Impasta' AlfredoGrilled Veggie ‘Impasta’ Alfredo

Courtesy So Delicious Dairy Free

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups So Delicious® Original Coconut Milk Beverage
2 heaping cups cauliflower florets (can include stems)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp garlic, rough chopped
5 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
4 cups carrots, squash, asparagus, peppers (fun variety of color)

Directions
1. Steam (or boil) cauliflower until just fork tender.
2. In a saute pan, over medium heat, add coconut oil, and saute garlic for one minute, then add cauliflower and saute for 2 more minutes, stirring or tossing frequently.
3. Add cauliflower, garlic and remaining ingredients (except for vegetables) to blender or food processor.
4. Blend until smooth sauce consistency is reached, and season to taste. Keep warm over heat in pot.
5. Very lightly oil (whole) vegetables, and grill until just marked, but still snappy.
6. Peel vegetables into long thin (1/2″ max) “pasta” or ribbons.
7. Ladle sauce onto plate or bowl, and place “pasta” on top.

Notes
Can be served with fresh basil chiffonade on top, as well as red pepper flakes and nutritional yeast to finish.

Substitutions
Milk and Soy Substitutions: Alternative dairy-free milk beverages and products will work in most recipes. Find out more about milk substitutions and soy substitutions.

Coconut: Although classified by the FDA as a tree nut, coconut is not a common allergen and is not related to tree nuts. If you have a tree nut allergy, consult your physician to find out if you need to avoid coconut.


Blueberry SorbetBlueberry Sorbet

Courtesy Kathy Przywara

Ingredients
8 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed, picked over and dried
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (optional)
1/2 cups water

Directions
1. In a blender, puree blueberries. Transfer to a medium sized pot. Add sugar, lemon juice and water.

2. Bring to boil, remove from heat.
3. Strain into a bowl and set aside to cool.
4. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Substitutions
Other souring agents can be used in place of lemon juice such as amchoor (green mango) powder or ground pomegranate seeds.