Your child’s safety is your responsibility. The following series aims at providing tips to help you keep your baby out of harm from various situations & harms.
Baby Sleeping Safety
- All infants should be put down for sleep on their backs to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also called SIDS.
- Avoid soft bedding that might suffocate your baby, such as pillows, blankets, plush toys, and bumpers in the crib.
- Crib slats should be 2 3/8 inches apart or less so head can’t get trapped.
- Keep baby’s room at a moderate temperature and dress them in a way that they can’t overheat. This also reduces the risk of SIDS.
- Share a bedroom with your newborn — but not a bed.
- Avoid devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS, such as sleep positioners.
- Nursing your baby and making sure that your baby gets all of the recommended vaccines can help protect against SIDS.
- Don’t nurse in a chair or on a couch if you feel you might fall asleep.
- If you baby falls asleep in a car seat, swing or carrier, try to remove her and lay her on a flat surface.
- Try to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby.