Baby in Crib Infographic B
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Kids (especially infants) never seem to get to sleep or stay asleep through the night, but when they do – we want to make sure they are doing so safely. We all have seen those elaborate newborn rooms on TV that have the sculpted tree that takes up half the room and a crib full of soft blankets and stuffed animals to entertain the baby. Unfortunately that’s not reality. While it’s never fun to think or even read about, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is the leading cause of death in babies 1 month to 1 year of age. Having a safer sleep environment lowers the risks while giving the best possible care to your newborn.

Creating a Safe Sleep Environment

  • Use a firm mattress, covered with a fitted sheet, in an approved crib.

  • Eliminate pillows, blankets, crib bumpers, toys and loose bedding from the crib.

  • Place your baby on his or her back while sleeping (including naps), but don’t use positioners.

  • Use light, sleep clothing and do NOT use a blanket.

  • Make sure the baby stays cool while sleeping; temperature set at 68-72F.

 Follow the ABCs to create a safe sleep environment for your baby: Alone, Back, Crib- Alone on my Back in a Crib. 

Alone

Most babies who died because of unsafe sleep, were sleeping with adults at the time. Share your room with your baby, but not your bed, and avoid sleeping with your baby on the couch or in a recliner.

The dangers of bed sharing:

  • Your baby may get caught under pillows or blankets and not be able to breathe or move.

  • Your baby may get trapped in the space between the mattress and wall, headboard, footboard, or bed railings.

  • Parents may accidentally roll over on the baby and suffocate him or her.

Back

The safest position for a baby is on his or her back. 

Crib

There should be no bumper pads, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals or toys in the crib with your baby. Your baby’s sleeping surface should be a firm mattress with a tight fitting sheet and nothing else. Your baby can wear a sleeper and/or a wearable blanket like the HALO SleepSack to keep him or her warm if needed. 

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