Recognizing National Baby Safety Month
September is National Baby Safety Month – are you practicing safe sleep practices for your little one? More than 3,500 babies in the U.S. die suddenly and unexpectedly every year while sleeping, often due to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. In an effort to reduce the risk and educate parents on the best practices for their babies, we support moms, dads, and babies on their adventures together. Through the Momkind Project, we are dedicated to supporting and educating families to improve and strengthen their communities.
Growing from the innovative spirit of one mom, we work hard to give back to parents, babies and like-minded organizations in need. How do we do this? By educating child care centers and parents on safe sleep practices for baby with CJ First Candle through outreach programs, our website, videos and information with Boppy® Pillows.
For Baby Safety Month, we are partnering with CJ First Candle to ask parents to take the Safe Sleep Pledge, where babies sleep along on a firm surface with no blankets, stuffed animals or any other loose items. Parents can sign up to take the pledge on http://cjfirstcandle.org/ and help get other parents to sign up by sharing with others via social media with the hashtag #Safe2Sleep.
Wondering what you can do to create a safer sleep environment for baby? Here are some helpful hints on how to keep baby safe during sleep:
- Place your baby’s separate, safe sleep space near your bed. Only bring your baby into your bed to feed or comfort. If there is any possibility you will fall asleep, make sure there are no pillows, sheets, blankets, or any other items that could cover your baby’s face, head, and neck or overheat your baby.
- Set up a safe sleep space. Use a crib that meets that meets current safety standards. The mattress should be firm and fit snuggly in the crib.
- Keep it comfortable. Make sure your baby’s room is well-ventilated and a comfortable temperature. According to a study from The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, simply having a fan in the room can lower a baby’s risk of SIDS by 72%.
- Stay away from soft objects. Never put anything soft, loose or fluffy in your baby’s sleep space – including Boppy Pillows. This could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation, so it’s best to take them out of reach for baby.
- Use a firm sleep surface. Never place your baby to sleep on top of any soft surface. A firm surface is a hard surface; it should not indent when the baby is lying on it. To be safe, keep baby sleeping on his or her back – for naps and at night – and keep the surface nice and firm.
- Share your pledge to keep baby safe during sleep by making the pledge on http://cjfirstcandle.org/ and sharing with friends and family. #Safe2Sleep