ABCs of Safe Sleep

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A is for Alone

Share the room, not the bed. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in your room, but NOT in your bed.

Sleeping in the same room is encouraged, but sleeping in the same bed is not. Adult beds present hazards for sleeping babies. Over half of the sleep-related deaths in 2013 had bed sharing documented.

A baby should always sleep alone in their own crib, bassinet, or play yard.

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B is for Back

Whether at night or during nap time, a baby should always sleep on their back. Back-sleeping on a firm mattress in a crib or play yard decreases the risk for SIDS. It does NOT increase the risk for choking or affect baby’s sleep quality.

It is not safe to place babies on their stomach or side to sleep. Make sure all caregivers know Back to Sleep is best.

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C is for Crib

A firm mattress in a crib, bassinet, or play yard should be free of clutter. Toys, pillows, blankets, or bumper pads can suffocate the baby and should not be placed in the crib. In fact, the percentage of soft bedding and similar items increased 165% among the sleep-related deaths from 2009 to 2013.

The most common sleep-related risk factor identified was an infant being placed on a surface not designed for infant sleep. A baby should never sleep on a couch, a swing, an adult bed, or on an adult’s chest while lying down. These places are not designed for a baby and could cause the child to suffocate. A baby sleeping in a car seat should be moved to a crib, bassinet, or play yard as soon as you get out of the car.

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D is for Danger

Be aware, not impaired. Drugs, alcohol, and other medications cause impairment and put your baby in danger. Find a designated, dependable adult to help you when you are exhausted or taking medications that can make you drowsy or affect your judgement.

Avoid smoking around your baby. Secondhand smoke weakens babies’ lungs and can increase the risk of SIDS.