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Sleep Safety

Did you know that new babies sleep about 16 hours each day? Before you put baby down for a nap or bedtime, we want to ensure their sleep environment is a safe place to keep them healthy and free from injury.

ABCS of Safe Sleep

  • AAlone

    • Babies should never share sleeping spaces with adults or other kids. ​They should also be alone in terms of blankets, stuffed animals, or crib bumpers.

  • B – On Their Back

    • The back is the safest way for a baby to sleep to prevent choking or suffocation.​

  • C – In a Crib

    • Babies need to be on a flat, firm surface, not in a swing, on a couch, or in a car seat that's not in a car.

  • S – In a Smoke-Free Environment

    • Infants are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke, so keep smoking out of the house.​

Suffocation is the #1 cause of injury-related death for children under 1 year old.

Unsafe Sleep Environments

  • Car seat when not in the vehicle

  • Swings

  • Adult beds

  • Couches, loveseats, recliners

  • Sharing a bed with other adults or kids

  • Baby on stomach or side

  • Bumpers, pillows, or blankets in the crib

Safe Sleep Environments

  • Your baby should sleep alone in a crib, pack-n-play, or laundry basket/dresser drawer that has a flat firm surface.

  • Use an approved crib mattress with a fitted sheet.

  • They should be sleeping on their back.

  • Crib railings should be close enough so that you cannot fit a soda can between them.

  • The crib should not be near a window to prevent blinds and cord risks.

  • Baby monitors and other items should be out of reach. 

  • Babies should be dressed lightly to prevent overheating- babies overheat 10 times faster than adults.

  • In cold seasons, don't use blankets. Sleep sacks or footed pajamas are safe alternatives.

  • No smoke in sight!

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