Baby Safety Month: Safe Sleep
In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics began recommending parents put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Since its inception, the Back-to-Sleep campaign (now called Safe-to-Sleep) is credited with reducing SIDS deaths by more than 50%.
Each year in the United States, more than 4,500 infants die suddenly of no immediate, obvious cause. The majority of these deaths are the result of unsafe sleep practices and preventable.*
First Candle + The Boppy Company
As a leading national nonprofit dedicated to the survival of babies throughout the first years of life, First Candle is partnering with The Boppy Company to educate parents on the importance of safe sleeping practices for infants. First Candle applauds Boppy for their efforts to ensure that every parent understands the importance of protecting their baby while they sleep.
Here are some bedtime basics to follow for safe sleep for baby:
- Back is best – Always place baby to sleep on his or her back. Side and tummy positions are not safe.
- Use safe products – Use a crib that meets current safety standards. The mattress should be firm and fit snuggly in the crib. Cover the mattress with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
- Keep it simple – Do not put anything soft, loose or fluffy in baby’s sleep space. This includes pillows (including nursing pillows), blankets, comforters, bumpers, stuffed animals, toys and other soft items.
- Safe and snuggly – Use a wearable blanket to keep baby warm and safe.
- Room sharing – Falling asleep with baby in bed, on a couch or armchair is dangerous. Consider placing baby in a safe sleep space near your bed instead.
- Pass it on – Educate everyone who cares for baby about these safe sleep rules.
*Source: First Candle