Safe Sleeping to make your baby`s

Safe Sleeping to make your baby`s
The message is as simple as
Babies should sleep…
on their Backs,
in a Crib.
Safe Sleeping
Babies can spend as many as 16 hours
a day sleeping. As a parent or caregiver,
it is important to be sure your baby’s
sleep environment is a safe one. These
six simple steps will help make your
baby’s crib a safe place to sleep and
help decrease the chances for injury,
overheating, suffocation, strangulation,
and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
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Place your baby on his or
her back to sleep at nap
and night time.
Share this important
advice with everyone who
cares for your baby.
Place your baby on a firm
tight-fitting mattress in a
safety-approved crib.
Do NOT place your baby to
sleep on an adult bed or other
soft mattress, waterbed, sofa,
beanbag, pillow, cushion or other soft surface.
• The crib mattress should be firm and fit tightly so
that not more than two fingers can fit between the
crib and mattress.
• Make sure everyone caring for your baby has
a safe crib and is aware of these steps. Take a
portacrib when visiting family and friends.
• Hand-me-down cribs/cradles and cribs from thrift
stores are often unsafe. Make certain the spaces
between the crib slats are no wider than a soda
can. Be sure there are no splinters or cracked or
chipped paint on the crib. End panels should not
have any decorative holes or cutouts, and corner
posts should have flat tops.
• Keep the sides of the crib up at all times. Drop
sides should have a locking latch that will not
accidently release.
Remove all fluffy and
loose bedding from the
sleep area.
Take all pillows, quilts,
blankets, stuffed toys, bumper
pads, comforters, sheepskins
and other soft items out of the crib.
• Use a tightly fitted sheet.
• Avoid commercial devices marketed to reduce
the risk of SIDS, such as wedges and positioners.
• Hanging toys and hammocks should not be in or
around the crib nor within the child's reach.
Instead of a blanket,
consider using a sleeper,
sleep sac or other sleep
clothing with no other
• Do not let your baby get too hot. Dress him or her
in as much or as little as you would wear. Do not
wrap your baby in lots of blankets or clothes. If
your baby is sweating, has damp hair or a heat
rash, he or she may be too hot.
• Do not place the crib near a heat source, such as
a furnace vent, radiator or space heater.
Make sure your baby’s
face and head remain
uncovered during sleep.
• Always keep the baby’s face
and head clear of blankets,
sheets and other bedding. Remember, it is not
necessary to cover the baby’s head indoors.
• If using a blanket, put your baby with his or her
feet at the foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket
around the mattress, reaching only so far
as the baby’s chest.
• Offer a pacifier to your baby
at nap and night time
for the first year.
Bed sharing can be
dangerous. The safest
place for a baby to
sleep is alone on his or
her back in a standard
crib on a firm mattress.
Placing your baby to sleep in a crib or other,
separate and safe sleep space next to your bed
is safer.
• Babies sleeping in adult beds, otherwise known
as bed sharing, are at increased risk of SIDS,
suffocation, strangulation and other injury.
• Do not allow your baby to sleep with siblings.
• The baby may be brought into bed for nursing
or comfort, but should be returned to his or her
own crib when the parent is ready to return to
• If you are concerned you may fall asleep
while breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare
provider about ways to successfully and safely
breastfeed your baby.
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