Safety Is Everything for Couple Whose Firstborn Died in Sleep
When Brittany Herrin was pregnant with her second child, she saw a post about SNOO on the Instagram feed of Erin Napier, the host of HGTV's Home Town. Immediately, Brittany was drawn in by the bassinet's unique safety feature—a swaddle with "wings" that secures to the base of the bed and keeps babies safely on their backs throughout the night.
Brittany told her husband Chris that they had to get a SNOO, and he quickly agreed. The couple had lost their daughter Rose just months before in a sleep-related tragedy.
The Herrins, who live just outside New Orleans, had paid a holiday visit to relatives in Mississippi. On the night before Thanksgiving, Brittany put 4-month-old Rose down to sleep in a pack-n-play and returned to the family gathering, bringing the baby monitor along.
Forty-five minutes later, Brittany went to check on Rose and saw that her baby had rolled over and gotten stuck between the mattress and the side of the pack-n-play. Although Rose was rushed to the hospital, it was too late.
A Baby on the Way
One month after Rose passed away, Brittany and Chris found out they were expecting another baby, which Brittany said was "incredibly uplifting but also incredibly terrifying."
"We had those feelings of absolute elation and then also just overwhelming sense of sorrow and fear—terror would be a better word."
The couple turned to therapy to help them grieve the loss of Rose while preparing for a new life. Brittany and Chris had discussed taking shifts with the new baby—one would sleep while the other watched their daughter sleep to make sure she was okay.
"We were expecting the worst," Brittany explained.
Not too long after, Brittany saw the Instagram post about SNOO.
"I showed my husband and said, ‘I want this, we have to have this,’" she said. "This is what will make me feel more secure…the fact that SNOO keeps her on her back and there's no way for her to move onto her belly in the night."
Chris's mother gifted SNOO to the couple, and they started using it the day they brought their new baby girl Anna home from the hospital.
Sleep and Peace of Mind
Anna is five weeks old now and sleeping very well. Brittany wakes to nurse her daughter every 4 hours or so, and SNOO quickly lulls her little girl right back to sleep.
And, Brittany and Chris are relieved to be getting the rest they need.
"Anna has brought healing to our lives and our hearts," Brittany said. "Just knowing that she's here, that she's safe, that she sleeps and sleeps so well…I started feeling like me again."
Little Anna just started smiling at her parents. She's a happy baby who loves to eat and is at the 95th percentile for both height and weight. She loves to cuddle on her dad's chest.
As for Brittany, "It's just an amazing feeling that we're gonna watch this little one grow up."