Is your baby sleeping safe?

When it comes to safe sleep related advice, there are four simple tips that truly can be lifesaving.  By following these tips through baby’s first year of life, you can at least feel a little less worried about one thing, knowing your baby is sleeping safely.

  1. Baby sleeps on his or her back.  The back position has been proven safest; babies should sleep in this position for naps and nighttime sleep.  They have also proven that babies are less likely to choke if they are on their backs than sides or stomachs.
  2. Baby sleeps on a firm surface in a crib or Pack-n-Play.  Baby is not safe sleeping in other equipment, such as a bouncer seat, car seat or swing.  Babies can overheat or get into low oxygen situations in these devices.  To see if your crib is meeting new safety standards visit the information page on Check Your Crib for Safety
  3. Baby sleeps with no loose blankets, toys, bumper pads, positioning wedges, or pillows.  These objects can get in the way of baby’s breathing and cause him/her to get into low oxygen or suffocating situations.
  4. Baby sleeps in your room but not in your bed.  Put baby in a crib or Pack-n-Play next to your bed.  You can easily feed, change or check on baby while keeping safety first.  Adult beds are unsafe for babies and can cause them to get into low oxygen or suffocating situations.

Learn More about the problem and the risk factors and take action to reduce the risk.

You can also download a copy of A Parent’s Guide to Safe Sleep or A Child Care Provider’s Guide to Safe Sleep from the Healthy Child Care America website.

If you have questions, you may contact Shelly Meredith at Infant/Toddler Specialist or call her at 1-800-423-1498.