'Crescent Womb' Sleeping Device For Babies May Reduce SIDS
The world of baby products is always expanding. It seems every time we turn around there’s something new on the market to make our babies safer, smarter and more comfortable. New parents can spend up to $10,000 in the first year alone of their new arrival just on creating a nursery and getting all of the accouterments they’ll need for their little bundle of joy. One of those expenditures comes in the form of a crib. Choosing the right crib is extremely important for ensuring your baby has a safe, comfortable sleeping space. With that in mind, a Florida father has invented an infant safety bed in an effort to provide his newborn daughter with a secure, sleep-friendly environment.
James Spencer is the creator of Crescent Womb, a hammock-like bedding device which parents can attach to the corners of an ordinary crib. What it does is it gently suspends the child in the middle in more of a cradled position mimicking the security and support of a mother’s womb. The inventor also believes that this might help in reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by placing them in a healthy, more familiar breathing position that soothes while avoiding the potential dangers of bed sharing or cribs with loose blankets and other sleep stuffs that should never be placed in bed with them. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, every year about 1,500 infants die of SIDS.
Experts say parents aren’t always doing as much as they can to ensure SIDS doesn’t occur. In a recent infant sleep study published in Pediatrics, researchers videotaped 160 sleeping infants ages one, three and six months old. At one month, 14 percent of babies were not placed on their backs and 91 percent were sleeping with loose items like bedding, bumper pads, pillows or toys. By six months, the number of babies not sleeping on their backs had risen to 33 percent and those that slept with loose items had increased to 93 percent. Professionals stress the need for infants to have their own sleeping environment free of any of the items mentioned above and to always be placed on their backs.
James Spencer also claims the Crescent Womb encourages healthy spine development by allowing babies to rest in a more natural curve shape that embraces them versus lying flat on their backs, which can stress the spine. Additionally, the product purportedly also helps alleviate the startle reflex, which is when babies startle themselves awake during sleep. The theory is that the shape allows them to self-soothe. The device is said to have been tested to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. It is currently featured in a Kickstarter fundraising campaign where Spencer has already raised $81,599, with another 22 days to go before the campaign comes to a close.
Contributing to a Worthy Cause
Right now the company has a goal of donating 10,000 units to infants and families in need by the end of 2017. If you’re interested in learning more about the product or helping Crescent Womb reach its goal, stop by their home page and check them out.