Baby Wellbeing & Development
Baby Wellbeing & Development
As well as being an effective way to both Prevent and Treat Flat Head Syndrome, the SleepCurve Mattress provides your baby with many other benefits to support their general wellbeing and also early development.
SleepCurve Keeps Baby Cooler and More Comfortable
Your baby’s temperature is very important, care should be taken to avoid overheating. We all know the possible outcome if your baby is allowed to overheat. It is too awful to mention.
Regular baby mattresses can cause your baby to overheat – Ordinary cot or crib mattresses trap the heat against your baby’s body and head, leading to discomfort. As a baby sleeps traditional mattresses tend to act like a storage heater and build up heat. The hotter the mattress becomes the hotter and more uncomfortable your baby feels.
The SleepCurve Baby Mattress design helps to control your baby’s temperature. It is a well-known scientific fact that increasing the surface area of an object will allow it cool down more rapidly.
The Sleepcurve Design Team have introduced into ALL the SleepCurve mattress range, additional surface area from which the heat can escape, similar in principle to a car radiator. SleepCurve mattresses feature integrated, rounded channels so excess heat can escape, leaving your baby comfortable and happy.
As hot air is replaced by cool air you can rest assured that your baby’s regulation system is not being overloaded.
Aids Breathing and Promotes Good Posture
How Does a Regular Baby Mattress Affect Baby’s Breathing?
When a baby is lying on their back on a flat surface, the head is tilted down with the chin touching the top of the chest. This isn’t natural because it constricts the airways and a baby breathing like this is more likely not to sleep through the night.
Why Does This Happen?
Lying your baby on their back is the correct way according to the advice of The Lullaby Trust safe sleep directive. However; every baby has a bulge at the back of their head (called an Occiput). With a regular mattress there is nowhere for this bulge to go on the flat surface which causes the baby’s chin to be pushed on to the chest. This is not the optimum position to open the airways.
How Does a SleepCurve Baby Mattress Improve Baby’s Breathing?
A SleepCurve baby mattress allows the head to rest in a natural neutral position with the airways completely clear, babies breathing this way will be more comfortable and more likely to sleep through.
On the ergonomic SleepCurve mattress there is a small recess for the Occipital bulge which allows the baby to sleep in a relaxed position with their chin able to be lifted slightly from the chest, opening up airways. As seen in the demonstration in the video above.
Unique Baby Mattress Design to Help Baby Breathe Naturally
The SleepCurve mattress design team designed this mattress based on the position of the baby being held in the crook of the nursing elbow.
SleepCurve parents repeatedly report that their babies sleep more quietly and peacefully and when babies catch a normal respiratory infection, they are less affected because the airway is in the natural, open position.
Reduces Reflux for a Better Night’s Sleep
Reduced Acid Reflux in Babies
Acid reflux or posseting is unpleasant for your baby and is the cause of many a disturbed sleep.
What Causes Acid Reflux in Babies?
Reflux in babies can be caused by a variety of reasons. It can result from an immature sphincter muscle at the top of the stomach as well as a poor nerve supply to that sphincter.
Other causes may be irritation of the stomach through either the nerves that supply the stomach or the contents within the stomach, as is the case in intolerance or toxins.
Either way the symptoms of reflux will nearly always be made worse when your baby is tense or upset. As the baby cries the tension in the baby’s abdomen increases thereby making the pain worse.
Baby Reflux Treatment with a Sleepcurve Mattress
A SleepCurve mattress has a gentle slope down towards the feet designed to help your baby, whilst still being totally comfortable and allowing your baby to sleep in a natural, comfortable position.
The gentle slope of the SleepCurve mattress helps take the pressure off the sphincter by helping keep the stomach contents towards the bottom of the stomach and away from the sphincter.
In addition, the shape of the mattress in allowing the airways to be open will help relax the baby and thereby allow the reflux to settle. As you will see from the video the baby is gently inclined with the airways open to achieve this.
Additional slope angle can be easily achieved by placing a thin book, for example, under the foot-end of the cot or Moses basket.
Allows Babies’ Head to Move More Freely
The SleepCurve Mattress gives babies a better sleeping position and aids better muscular development in the neck and spine.
Why does your choice of baby mattress matter for your baby’s muscle development
All babies’ heads have a pronounced bulge at the back. In the early weeks of a baby’s life the shape and weight of the head is too much for the undeveloped neck muscles to control movement. As a result, babies lying on a standard flat mattress will end up with their head turned to one side or another.
Because babies develop their muscles in the spine in response to movement it is therefore important to encourage movement in the most symmetrical way as possible. If babies are spending a long time with their head turned to one side this will effect their spine and back muscles and can lead to under development and issues such as torticollis (see below).
How SleepCurve mattresses help to develop babies muscles
When a baby is placed onto a SleepCurve mattress the shape of the mattress allowsthe baby to move their head freely and to both sides. Even in a new born baby just one day old when the muscles are still weak the babies are able to move freely on a SleepCurve baby mattress.
Therefore, the muscles supporting the neck will be more evenly developed. Some babies will have a tendency to sleep with their heads turned to one side, even on a SleepCurve mattress.However, unlike a flat mattress the curve of the SleepCurve mattress will still allow for a more even development of the muscles as your baby will find it easier to rotate their head.
What to do if you baby already is showing signs of developing neck or spinal issues
Unequal development of the neck muscles may self correct when a baby gets older and moves more but there is a chance that your baby could develop torticollis or other neck or spinal problems.
If your baby is still under 6 to 9 months we would recommend:
- re positioning therapy and giving your baby plenty of tummy time
- use of the SleepCurve mattress for sleeping (up to 12 months old) combined with…
- use of the SleepCurve Activity Mat
- visiting your GP or Midwife
- visiting a Paediatric Cranial Osteopath.
Please do not use sleep positioners as there is a potential risk of suffocation.
SleepCurve Mattress Helps Prevent Torticollis
What is Torticollis?
Torticollis (or wry-neck) is an increasingly common condition in which a baby’s head rotation is restricted to one side. The restriction is often muscular and can have a number of causes including during pregnancy or from a strain during the birthing process. Babies who are born from Caesarean Section operation can also develop torticollis.
Torticollis simply means ’stiff neck’. Torticollis in babies usually means the head and neck is stiff to one side and not the other. It can often be noticed that babies have a preferred side on which to breast feed. If a baby prefers mums right, for example, it often means her baby is more comfortable rotating the head to the left to latch-on to the right breast. If your baby doesn’t like feeding on one of your breasts, your baby may be having difficulty rotating to that breast, due to torticollis.
The same applies to a baby lying on a flat surface such as a mattress. If the head will rotate more easily to one side invariably the head will usually be looking to that side. This may also be a sign of Torticollis and it also means there is a constant pressure from a flat mattress in one spot of your babies head thereby resulting in the development of a flat spot leading to ‘flat head syndrome’ or ‘positional plagiocephaly’.
Preventing Torticollis in Babies
Repositioning of the head and the use of ‘tummy time’ are important things you should be doing to help prevent and treat torticollis and ensure your babies neck muscles develop properly.
In addition, you should consider the use of a SleepCurve mattress. The curve of a SleepCurve mattress allows your baby’s head to turn freely and spreads the weight of the skull across shoulders and neck. This makes it easier for your baby to turn their head and use their neck muscles.
If your baby is on a SleepCurve mattress the shape of the baby’s head is cradled by the shape of the mattress which not only reduces the risk of your baby developing torticollis it also reduces the pressure on the skull and helps prevent the onset of ‘flat head syndrome’.
The SleepCurve mattress is the only mattress designed with the curve to help prevent and correct torticollis. All our baby mattresses help in the prevention of torticollis in babies from 0 to 12 months.