The ABC’s of Safe Sleep

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SAFE SLEEP, IT’S AS EASY AS “ABC”! Learning about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and safe sleep for babies is important for all caregivers, not just for parents. SIDS deaths can occur anytime during a baby’s first year, so it is important to follow the safe sleep recommendations until a baby’s first birthday. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, childcare providers, and anyone else who might care for babies should learn these simple steps to help keep babies safe. First and foremost, the safest place for a baby to sleep is in the parent’s room, but not in the same bed. Place the baby’s crib or bassinet near the parent’s bed (within an arm’s reach). This will make it easier to breastfeed and bond with the baby. Remember the ABC’s of Safe Sleep:

  • Alone: Not with other people, pillows, blankets, toys or stuffed animals.
  • On his/her Back: Not on the stomach or the side.
  • In the Crib: Not on an adult bed, sofa, cushion or other soft surface.

It is also important to not let babies get too hot. A baby could be too hot if the baby is sweating, has damp hair, flushed cheeks, a heat rash and/or rapid breathing. Make sure to place the crib in an area that is always smoke-free. Finally, consider using a pacifier at naptime and bed time. Of course, the pacifier should not have cords or clips that might be a strangulation risk. Following these simple actions can make such a big difference in keeping babies safe!

Check out this safe sleep video: