ABCs of Safe Sleep - Maternity Care Coalition

ABCs of Safe Sleep - Maternity Care Coalition
Breastfeeding is good for babies
• The more you breastfeed,
the lower your baby's risk for
• Breastmilk is the perfect diet
for your baby. Breastfed
babies have fewer colds
and ear infections.
• Doctors tell parents to feed
babies only breastmilk for
the first 6 months.
Babies need tummy time
• Just because you put your
baby to sleep on their back
doesn't mean tummy time
isn't important!
• Babies need awake tummy
time every day with an
• Tummy time helps babies
learn to crawl and move
• Some babies might not like
tummy time at first. Put a
toy close by for them to
reach out and play with.
Other Ways to Keep Baby Safe
• Babies should be held skin-to-skin with mom as soon after
they are born as possible, at least for the first hour.
• Take care of yourself and your baby—eat well & see a
doctor regularly.
• Stay up to date on all required shots for your baby.
• Give your baby a pacifier at nap time & bedtime.
What is
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)
is the sudden death of a baby that occurs
suddenly and unexpectedly before their
first birthday. There are 3 types of SUIDs,
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),
accidental suffocation and strangulation
in bed and unknown causes.
Keeping babies safe while
sleeping is as easy as ABC.
This project is funded, in part, under a contract
with the Pennsylvania Department of Health in
collaboration with Penn Medicine and
Maternity Care Coalition.
Facts about SIDS
• SIDS is the most common cause of death in babies
1-12 months old.
• Most SIDS deaths happen in the winter.
• Boys are more likely than girls to die from SIDS.
• Black babies are twice as likely to die of SIDS as white
Accidental Suffocation & Strangulation
Babies who are not put to sleep safely could get hurt or
even die. A baby could fall off a bed or sofa, get tangled
in sheets and blankets, or get stuck between a mattress
and a wall. A baby can also die when an adult or child rolls
over on the baby while sharing a bed.
In collaboration with:
Unknown Causes of Death
Cause of death of the baby cannot be determined after a
thorough investigation.
It can happen...
because it is happening!
In Philadelphia, more babies have died sharing a bed with
an adult or another child than from child abuse. About
3,500 babies die every year in the United States from
sleep related deaths, including SIDS.
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Alone Back Crib
The Safe Sleep Guidelines*
Follow these 8 steps to keep your baby
safe and healthy.
Put your baby on their back to sleep
until their first birthday.
Creating a Safe Sleeping Space for Your Baby
Remember to teach these tips to other people who take care of your baby!
Safe Sleep
It is not safe to sleep in the
same bed as a baby
Adults, children or pets who sleep or nap
in the same bed as a baby are putting the
baby at risk of injury or even death.
Risks of sharing a bed with a baby
A baby should sleep in the same room
as an adult, but in their own crib.
Never put your baby to sleep on a couch,
chair, water bed or other soft space.
• Babies can roll off the bed & get hurt.
• Babies can get trapped between the bed and
the wall and stop breathing.
Don't put crib bumpers, blankets,
pillows or toys in your baby's crib.
• A sleeping adult or child may roll over on to
the baby.
The only thing in baby's crib should be
a firm mattress & a fitted sheet.
• Sleeping with comforters, blankets, quilts and
pillows can be dangerous for babies who can
become tangled up or be smothered.
Never put your baby to sleep in a crib
made more than 10 years ago or that
has missing or broken parts.
Don't make the room your baby sleeps
in too hot.
Dress your baby in no more than one
more layer than you are wearing.
Always put your baby on their back in
their crib after feeding.**
Keep your baby away from smoke,
alcohol & illegal drugs.
* Recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
** Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Corner posts
should not
go over 1/16"
Use a firm
Baby should
be alone in the crib,
with nothing
other than a fitted
sheet covering
the mattress.
Bars on the crib
should be tight
together, without
much space
between them.
All parts
of the bed
should be tight,
not loose.
No missing
or broken
pieces (screws,
brackets etc).
Don't make
the room your
baby sleeps in
too hot.
Do not use
crib bumpers,
quilts or
No cutout
shapes in the
headboard or
Never put
stuffed animals
or toys in your
baby's crib.
• If you're feeding your baby & think you might
fall asleep, feed your baby on your bed instead
of a sofa or soft chair. If you do fall asleep, as
soon as you wake up move the baby to their
own crib.
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