As a parent or caregiver, you have an important job - ensuring your baby is safe when sleeping, whether in the day or night. But there are risks that can put your baby in danger while sleeping.
Here are some tips to keep your baby safe:
Babies should sleep alone, on their back, on a firm, flat surface such as a crib, bassinet or cradle. The area should be smoke-free. Adult beds, couches, chairs, waterbeds and the like are not safe for babies to sleep in.
The crib mattress should be covered with a tightly fitted sheet that tucks well under the mattress pad. Use a sleep sack instead of a blanket and keep pillows and stuffed animals out of baby’s bed.
Babies should sleep on their backs during naps and at night until age 1, unless the baby’s doctors says another position is better. Don’t forget to remove the bib before putting baby to bed.
Do not use a drop-side crib when putting your baby to sleep. These cribs have been recalled by the federal government because a baby can get trapped in the slats and suffocate.
Parents should talk about safe sleeping to anyone who cares for their baby, such as grandparents, babysitters and others.
For more information on safe sleeping please click here to view a Safe Sleep for Babies video.
For information about about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and safe sleeping, please click here.
For more information about the new drop-side crib rules, please click here.