Benefits of SleepCurve
Flat Head Syndrome
Flat head syndrome, (also known as Positional Plagiocephaly or Brachycephaly) has been on the increase worldwide in recent years.
It occurs when babies spend long periods on their back lying on a flat surface, even one that seems soft and padded like a traditional cot mattress or car seat. Your baby’s skull is very soft and the weight of the head on the flat surface can eventually cause a flat spot to form. Bouncy chairs are particularly liable to cause flat head syndrome.
The patented design of the SleepCurve® mattress prevents flat head syndrome by supporting the back, neck and head as if baby was cradled in your arm.
The clever design of the SleepCurve® mattress means instead of the weight being transferred only through the back of the head against a flat surface, the gentle curve of the mattress supports your baby’s neck, shoulders and head equally, spreading the weight and so avoiding flattening of the skull.
The supportive shape of a SleepCurve® mattress allows the bones to self-correct in time, providing it’s not too late. The alternative is a baby helmet which must be worn for many hours a day for some months. As well as a baby helmet being hot and heavy, this form of treatment can cost up to £1000 in comparison to less than £100 for a SleepCurve® mattress, making avoidance an easy as well a sensible choice.
We fully support the aims of the 'Back to Sleep Campaign' which has done so much to reduce sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS by encouraging babies to sleep on their backs, but a side effect of more time on backs has been an increase in flat head syndrome.
You should never put your baby to sleep on their front because of the risk of cot death but when your baby is wide awake we strongly encourage parents to give their baby ‘tummy time’ on a play mat to reduce the amount of time that baby’s head is resting on a flat surface of any kind.
There is also the option of the SleepCurve Activity Mat which features a gentle curve to cradle your baby’s head when playing.
Your Baby Breathes More Easily
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.
A SleepCurve baby mattress allows the head to rest in a natural neutral position with the airways completely clear and babies breathing this way will be more comfortable and more likely to sleep through.
Parents tell us that their babies sleep more peacefully and when babies catch a normal respiratory infection, they are less affected because the airway is in the natural, open position.
Preventing the Effects of 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.
When a baby can only turn his/her head to one side the weight of the skull persistently rests on the same spot when a baby is lying on their back. Flat head syndrome will invariably start at an early age from this point unless your baby is on a SleepCurve mattress, ensuring the downward pressure from the weight of the skull is properly supported and distributed.
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 even easier for your baby to turn their head and use their neck muscles. We strongly support the benefits of ‘tummy time’ for all babies.
Spinal Development in Babies
All babies’ heads have a pronounced bulge at the back and in the early weeks the shape and weight of the head is too much for the undeveloped neck muscles to control movement and babies lying on a flat mattress will end up with their head turned to one side or another. The unique hollow of a SleepCurve mattress allows the baby’s head to turn more freely, which has benefits for the spine and the muscles around the spine as well as the neck muscles.
Reduced Acid Reflux in Babies
Acid reflux or posseting is unpleasant for your baby and is the cause of many a disturbed sleep.
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.
Your Baby’s Temperature
Your baby’s temperature is very important and care should be taken to avoid overheating. Ordinary cot or crib mattresses trap the heat against your baby’s body and head leading to discomfort which is why SleepCurve mattresses feature clever, rounded channels so excess heat can escape, leaving your baby comfortable and happy.