Every year, some infants die while sleeping. Parents can reduce the risks of this tragedy by knowing and following some simple guidelines. These guidelines will help you meet the goal of making sure the sleeping baby’s breathing remains clear and unobstructed, and you will be assured that the baby does not get into a position that could cause injury or even death.
To reduct the risk of infant sleep-related deaths, the Consumer Product Safety Comission, Cribs for Kids®, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that infants sleep on their backs on a firm mattress in a safety approved crib, with no soft bedding or comforters, with no exposure to cigarette smoke, and with a room temperature that is comfortable to adults.
Babies are safest sleeping alone, on their back, in a safety-approved crib; never on their front or side.
Since 1998, the national Cribs for Kids® campaign has provided cribs and educational materials about ways to prevent accidental suffocation, and reduct the risk of SIDS, to families throughout the United States. This is made possble thanks to the generosity of foundation, corporations, special event fundraisers, and partnerships with Graco Children’s Products, and Pitt Ohio Express.
The safest way for your baby to sleep is along, on its back, in a crib. Babies have died because they were smothered by an adult, another child, or objects such as pillows, comforters, bumpers, soft bedding, and stuffed animals. Babies also get trapped between the bed and the wall or bed frame, or between cushions on a sofa. Sometimes a baby is injured by rolling off an adult bed.
Even away from home, a baby should always sleep in a safety-approved crib. Some parents use a portable crib or Pack ‘n Play for trips away from home.
Cuddling with the baby during feeding time and waking hours can best develop that closeness. However, at bedtime, room-sharing is best. With a baby-safe crib placed next to your bed, the baby will sense your nearness and still have a safe place to sleep.
Your baby’s crib should have:
In order for an Applicant to secure a safe sleep environment (pack-n-play), along with safe sleep education (both of which are free of charge) the child must be born and the following documentation is required to be provided: