Safe Sleep Environment for Children
One of the best ways to show love for your baby is to provide a safe place for him or her to sleep. Parents should begin the ABCs and 123s of safe sleep practices right from the start to ensure all children sleep safe and grow healthy.
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It’s As Easy As ABC
Alone: Keep your baby’s sleep area close but separate from where others sleep. Your baby should not sleep with others in a bed, on a couch, or in a chair.
Back: Your baby should be placed to sleep on his or her back, on a firm mattress, and in a safety-approved crib every time-including during naps and at night.
Crib: Remove all loose bedding, blankets comforters, quilts, sheepskins, stuffed animals, bumpers, wedges, and pillows from your baby’s crib.
1, 2, 3
1.) Cause of death: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and accidental suffocation are the leading causes of death in babies aged 1 to 12 months.
2.) Babies 1 to 4 months of age have the highest risk of SIDS, SUID, and accidental suffocation.
3.) Tell Everyone – Share the A,B, C, 1, 2, 3 with at least three people and everyone who cares for your baby.
- Keep babies away from cigarette smoke and others that smoke or places where people smoke. Babies need good, clean air.
- Breastfeed often and as long as you can.
- Do not let your baby get too hot. If you are comfortable, your baby is comfortable.
For your baby to gain strength and to encourage growth and development, supervised awake tummy time helps combat SIDS risk behavior. Tummy time is also a great way for caregivers to bond with their baby. Start with short periods of tummy time and adjust as your baby grows.
Watch Nationwide Children’s Hospital video about back sleeping and the proper flow of spit up when the baby is in the supine (correct position: laying on back) and prone (incorrect position: laying on stomach) positions.
Cribs for Kids (C4K) teaches safe sleep techniques based on best practice recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institute of Health and Human Development.
Learn additional tips and information about safe sleep. Wondering about safe sleep during the cooler weather? Learn more here.