ABCs of Safe Sleep
Every five days, another baby in Kentucky dies in their sleep. Many of these deaths could potentially be prevented simply by following the ABCs of Safe Sleep.
Stay Close, Sleep Apart
Share the room, not the bed. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in your room, but NOT your bed.
On Your Back for Nights and Naps
A baby should always sleep flat on their back at night and during nap time. Back sleeping on a firm mattress in a crib or play yard decreases decreases the risk for SIDS.
Clean, Clear Crib
A baby’s crib should contain a fitted sheet only; no blankets, toys, pillows, bumpers, or other items that could cover a baby’s face and suffocate them. Cribs, bassinets and play yards with firm mattresses are the only safe places for babies to sleep.
Be Aware, Not Impaired
Distractions can be deadly. Designate a dependable caregiver, if you are impaired because of prescriptions, alcohol, or exhaustion.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Unsafe Sleep in KY
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Unsafe Sleep in Kentucky
9 OUT OF 10 SIDS DEATHS
in 2013 had at least one sleep-related risk factor.
was involved in over half of the sleep-related deaths in Kentucky in 2013.
INFANT DEATH FROM UNSAFE SLEEP
is 70 times more likely than from a motor vehicle accident.