Sleep is an essential component of well-being whether pregnant or not. Sleep deficit or deprivation can have serious deleterious effects on health and has been shown to be a risk factor for preterm labor. Bedrest Coach Darline Turner-Lee, coping with sleep disturbances of her own, shares tips so that Mamas on Bedrest can get a good night’s sleep.
I had the great pleasure to interview Beth Jackson Gagne; mama, licensed pediatric occupational therapist, entrepreneur and creator of the Baby Stay Asleep infant sleep system. Jackson Gagne used her 15 years experience specializing in infants and children with developmental delays, reflux issues and other feeding concerns to create the sleep system.
In 2004, Jackson Gagne’s gave birth to son Luke who was diagnosed with Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) at 6 months. During the first few months of his life, Luke cried often, especially after eating. Sleeping was particularly difficult for him. Jackson Gagne and her husband were advised to raise his crib for sleeping and keep him upright after feedings. They raised his crib, but whenever they put in down to sleep, he would slide down to the bottom of the crib and and wake up.
Jackson Gagne purchased a product designed to hold him in place in his crib. After settling him to sleep, any attempt to place him in this apparatus in the crib (which required us to fasten multiple straps), woke him up. Frustrated, Jackson Gagne finally designed her own positioning system. “I felt we needed something that allowed us to settle him to sleep and put him in his crib without having to do any adjustments.” With his mama’s sleep system, Luke slept more that first night then he had in 3 months! (And so did his parents!) Encouraged by conversations with other occupational and speech therapy professionals Jackson Gagne took her idea to a professor of Engineering at Tufts University. He collaborated on the design to ensure the safety of the product.
Jackson Gagne says, “I want to share this product, so that other babies (and their parents) with infant acid reflux and similar concerns can also benefit and get some much needed sleep!
The Baby Stay Asleep system consists of :
- The wrapper, which “wraps” around baby in the same manner that a diaper does.
- The bumpers, which keep your baby from rolling.
- The fitted sheet, which has built-in velcro to hold the bumpers and the wrapper, keeping baby secure.
The Baby Stay Asleep retails for $89.99 and comes with free shipping and a 30 day money back guarantee.