Growing a Rainbow: SIDS and The New Baby

Today I am 20 weeks pregnant

Today I have been torn in two

Missing Matilda Mae with all my heart

Cherishing more definite movements from our Rainbow Baby inside

Wanting to remember Matilda

Wanting to prepare for our Rainbow

I know that if I lose this baby

If this baby dies

Having a pram or not will not make a difference to how I feel

Having a cot or not will not make a difference to how much it hurts

Having a nursery ready will not make me grieve any differently

I will still be a mummy who has lost her baby

Again

But right now

I am a mummy growing a baby

A beautiful Rainbow Baby

And she deserves all the love I have to give

She deserves me to be as committed to her

As I am to all my other children

And so I have decided

It is time

It is time to start getting ready

And as part of Tilda’s legacy

Our first and absolutely most important planning

Will be around safety and safe sleep

Finding Tilda the night she died

Is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life

And though we have been told that Tilda did not suffocate or overheat

We will never truly know in our hearts

We will always wonder if we could have saved her

Should have saved her

I do not want to ever have that doubt again

It is almost impossible to live with

And though the coroner has told us

Quite definitely it was not our fault

We will always feel guilty that our baby died

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – also known as cot death – is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently well baby.

‘Sudden Infant Death’ is the term used to describe the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or toddler that is initially unexplained. The usual medical term is ‘sudden unexpected death in infancy’ (SUDI). Some sudden and unexpected infant deaths can be explained by the post-mortem examination revealing, for example, an unforeseen infection or metabolic disorder. Deaths that remain unexplained after the post mortem are usually registered as ‘sudden infant death syndrome’ (SIDS).

If we are lucky

If our baby is born alive

And our baby survives

We will need to bring her home

And somehow we need to be able to help her sleep

Safely

Securely

And without being too paranoid and neurotic ourselves

I want us to survive this

I want us to live

I want us to make Matilda Mae proud

I cannot bring Baby Tilda back

But I can do the best I can for her siblings

In her honour

In her memory

As her legacy

It is never going to be enough

But it is all I can do

So little Rainbow Baby

What do we need for you?

Bednest or Snuz Pod?
When we brought Tilda home from hospital she slept in a moses basket beside our bed or in whichever room we were in. She slept in her moses basket for months until we moved her to her cot in our room. She was not a great sleeper and so I had her cot right next to me with the side down until she was about 8 months old. We then moved her cot to about a metre away from me. We always had her close by. This baby is going to be just the same. Nice and close to mummy!

I have fallen in love with two products. The Bednest and The Snuz Pod from The Little Green Sheep.

Bednest has lovely clean lines and has thought of everything. My favourite feature is that it tilts so if baby has a cold or is suffering from reflux then the cot can be easily put at a slant. I also love the bridge that safely attaches the Bednest to the bed. I was lucky enough to have a demo of this product at The Baby Show and I loved it.

I was absolutely set on the Bednest until someone told me to look at the Snuzpod. Like the Bednest the Snuzpod is a bedside crib that attaches to the bed. Though it does attach it does not have a bridge like the Bednest covering the gap between the bed and the crib. It also does not tilt but it does rock which I think could be very useful in getting baby back to sleep or indeed too sleep. Tilda always used to like being rocked. The Snuzpod looks lovely and cosy and I very much fell in love with the look of it particularly for naps when I saw a photo on It Started With a Squish blog with a Toddle Pod tucked prettily inside.

Perhaps I could have a Bednest for night times and a Snuzpod for sleeps during the day???

Moses Basket
Baby Tilda had a beautiful very traditional wicker moses basket. I have given it away now as I know that I would have flashbacks if it were to be used again by a new baby. I would like this Rainbow Baby to have a modern moses basket and I have my heart set on one from Shnuggle. This eco friendly baby basket is made from plastic so is easy to clean and sterilise. It has holes in the base meaning that there is a good airflow in the moses basket. It comes in a range of pastel colours and seems perfect for a Rainbow Baby to sleep in. Safely. Shnuggle also have a fab new baby bath coming to market that we are honoured to have been asked to review.

Car Seat
This lucky Rainbow Baby is going to have two car seats. The Baby Safe Sleeper from Britax and the Hold from Cosatto. I love the Baby Safe Sleeper for longer journeys and for the earliest days allowing baby to sleep in a safe position while travelling. The Hold from Cosatto is a pretty car seat for a baby girl and has lots of reassuring safety features to boot.

Pram
This is a whole other blog post but I have my eye on three prams at the moment. Three prams that I cannot wait to tell you more about. The Cosatto Ooba for Mummy, the Bugaboo Buffalo for Daddy and the Britax Affinity as our general family pram.

Baby Carrier
I think Rainbow Baby will have a Stokke My Carrier Cool perfect for summer baby wearing and ensuring baby stays cool on hot summer days.

Sleeping Bag or Newborn Baby Pouch
From 8lb 8oz Rainbow Baby will sleep in a Gro Bag just as Esther and William did, and Tilda too. There are some beautiful girly designs to choose from and the safe sleep credentials of this company will ensure that it is from here I buy my baby’s sleeping bags. I also love that they support The Lullaby Trust. If Rainbow Baby is similar to Tilda when she is born she will be too small for a sleeping bag and for that reason I have my eye on something else. A flannelette newborn pouch from The Little Green Sheep. This pouch is perfect for new babies, it fits around the chest meaning that baby is covered for sleep without the risk of getting there head under any covers. A fabulous safe sleep product from a company that promotes safe sleep and supports the work of The Lullaby Trust.

Large Muslins
Rainbow Baby is due mid summer and so she will not need blankets to be wrapped in during the day but I like the idea of having these large muslins as a way of covering baby while she is in my arms. I have not swaddled any of my babies but they have all enjoyed being wrapped and having a bit of their covering to feel in their hands. These bamboo swaddles from Aden and Anais are beautiful for summer babies. I also adore this Twinkle New Beginnings Gift Set from Aden and Anais as a gift from Tilda to her Rainbow Sister. I also don’t think any Rainbow Baby should be without this rainbow bundle from Faye and Lou.

Room Thermometer
We have used Gro Eggs in all our rooms, Esther and William’s bedroom, our room when Tilda slept there and also our playroom which can be very chilly on winter mornings. These eggs provide at a glance information to how hot or cold your baby’s room is. Rainbow Baby will have Gro Egg of her own. She is also lucky enough to have been sent a Gro Light that will be used in our bedroom to start with and then moved to her nursery when she moves.

Monitor
Baby Tilda had a monitor. But … it did not have breathing monitor and it also was not a video monitor. This baby will be watched and monitored more than any baby before. We are looking at a Tommee Tippee video monitor but also seriously considering buying one of these, Angelcare, for as much peace of mind as we can possibly bring. We will of course still be checking and checking each other’s checking but I also think we will get the best and most reliable monitor that money can buy.

And so here we are, planning has begun, for SIDS and the new baby.

Making a wish list of ways to promote and aid safe sleep.

I am growing a rainbow baby and I am going to do all I can to make sure she lives!

What would be on your list?

growing rainbow

16 thoughts on “Growing a Rainbow: SIDS and The New Baby

  1. My top 2 buys have been an Airwrap cot bumper – a fully breathable way to stop baby banging their head or getting arm stuck through bars, and a 0.5 tog (sheet thickness) sleeping bag from jojomamanbebe for hot summer days/nights which means no “loose” material in the cot xxx

  2. I cannot recommend the Angelcare monitor enough Jennie. I have used it from day 1 with Evie (in moses basket, cot and now in her bed) I know people think it’s odd that I still use it when she is now 2.5 yo but I find it so reassuring !! Without a doubt the best money I have ever spent xx

  3. When Conall came home from hospital (he was born at 27 weeks) we bought a Respisense monitor – it clips to the waistband of a nappy/trousers so is portable and can be used in car seats etc so was great for us when he fell asleep on long car journeys etc. xx

  4. We have used both the tommee tippee sensor pad and the angelcare sensor pad (no video.) The sensor pad of the angelcare has been by far the most reliable. The tommee tippee had alot of false alarms. However the sound is nowhere near as good from our angelcare, and I wish ot had less hissy interference, but this seems to be a common complaint. I still wouldn’t be without it.

  5. We had an angelcare monitor too and wouldn’t have been without out it. There were a couple of false alarms if baby had moved right up to the top of the cot. I loved being able to see the flashing light which goes in time with their breathing. We had a separate video monitor (bought 2nd hand when baby was a bit older and kept standing up in his cot at night) but again I wouldn’t be without one now

  6. Like Eleanor I used the Respisense monitors for my twins- recommended by NICU.
    The advantage is they are on ALL the time, not just when baby is in their cot. Sadly SIDS can happen anywhere – pram, carseat etc. It will be especially useful if you are planning on a different place for sleeping in the day than at night, as you say in your post. I had a few false alarms but overall it brings great peace of mind. I cannot imagine the terribly conflicting emotions you must be feeling, but I hope you can enjoy planning for this new baby. We all know it doesn’t mean you love or miss Baby Tilda any less. Big hugs xx
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Respisense-Ditto/dp/B001BX76TI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395343803&sr=8-1&keywords=respisense

  7. We love our video monitor, it gives me so much peace of mind. Our best buy was our iCandy Peach, we bought the whole set and found the carrycot invaluable. G used the carry cot until 7months, he was small though! X

  8. As all three of my children were tummy sleepers I had a Tommee Tippee monitor for them. It served us well, not giving a false alarm too often. (But my gosh is it loud when it goes off in the middle of the night, when half asleep you lift crying baby up to feed, just settle down and BEEEEEEEEEEEP! off it goes. ) The motion sensor mat still works, but the sound on our monitor has now given up after about 5 years of service.
    For your own peace of mind the monitor will be the most important.

    … for all the rest, the most important is the love you will shower this baby with. Of this I am sure there will be no shortage. x

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  10. I love this post – so helpful and informative for any new parent. We have always used a ‘nanny’ breathing board for our babies – the board itself is quite a bit bigger than others on the market and also you can buy another board to link up so that most of the cot is covered when your baby moves into a cot (meaning far fewer false alarms). It also means you can just take one board out easily to use if going away, leaving one in the cot. We have a summer infant video monitor which has a lovely big screen and the camera can be moved from the control screen. You can also add cameras and switch between them from one control screen (e.g. If you want to set cameras up in two different rooms).
    Like others have said – the respisense ditto is excellent for newborns and small babies – we used it everywhere with baby 2 (baby 1 was on a hospital monitor). When we bought it it was the only small monitor on the market which could be used in the car – others (e.g. Snuza) could not distinguish between breaths and motion of the car. We found the respisense invaluable everywhere but especially helpful for reducing worry if travelling in the dark.

  11. It must be so hard for you right now! All those mixed and conflicting feelings! I wish I had more time to come to Kent and just sit by your side showing my support.
    You’ve made some lovely choices. I agree with the Bednest it is gorgeous! But the other one indeed rocks! Difficult choice there :) the both are lovely!
    sending love to you all xxx

  12. We have the Angelcare movement and sound monitor. Definitely recommend it. You will get ‘false alarms’ if baby rolls off the sensor mat, but it’s not too frequent in our experience. Not sure what video would add in terms of peace of mind that you wouldn’t get from the movement monitor. We still use it at 16 months! X

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