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Safe Sleep TipsX - DO NOT USE

To reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related deaths, infants should be placed in the supine position (on the back) for every sleep by every caregiver until the child reaches one year of age.

Crib Safety

Place your baby in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and a well-fitting sheet. The safest place for your baby’s crib is in your room.

A safe crib has:

• A firm mattress
• A mattress that fits tightly into crib (No more than 2 fingers can fit between edge of mattress and side of crib)
NO loose, missing or broken screws
NO loose hinges or slats
NO more than 2 3/8” between the slats (about the width of a soda can)
NO corner posts over 1/16” high

(Cradles and bassinets may be used, but choose those that are JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certified for safety).
Reference: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Toys and other soft bedding should not be placed in the crib with the baby. These items can lessen the baby’s ability to breathe if they cover his or her face.

Crib should contain:

• ONLY a tight, fitted crib sheet

NO fluffy blankets
NO comforters
NO pillows
NO stuffed animals
NO bumper pads
NO wedges

Safe Sleep Environment

• Keep baby's temperature comfortable.
• Infants should be dressed appropriately for the environment, with no greater than one layer more than an adult would wear to be comfortable.
• Consider the use of a sleep sack or infant sleeper.
• Evaluate infants for signs of overheating, such as sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks or infant's chest feels hot to the touch.

Your baby may be too hot if you notice:

• Sweating
• Damp hair
• Flushed cheeks
• Heat rash
• Rapid breathing

Reference: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Remember to talk with your baby’s child care providers, grandparents, other family members, babysitters and all caregivers about the importance of always placing baby on his back to sleep in a safe sleep environment every time, even for naps. About one in five SIDS deaths occur while an infant is in the care of someone other than a parent. Many of these deaths occur when babies who are used to sleeping on their backs at home are then put to sleep on their tummies by another caregiver. We sometimes call this “unaccustomed tummy sleeping.” Unaccustomed tummy sleeping increases the risk of SIDS. Babies who are used to sleeping on their backs and are put to sleep on their tummies are 6-9 times more likely to die from SIDS.


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