Does your baby sleep in a safe place?
According to the CDC, there are over 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year, 22% of mothers reported not placing their baby on his or her back to sleep, and 39% of mothers reported using soft bedding when placing babies to sleep.
Safe sleep lowers the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, and deaths from unknown causes.
Follow these safe sleep tips to help protect your baby:
- The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed.
- Never place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, cushions or soft surfaces.
- Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a sleep sack, and do not use a blanket.
- Avoid letting the baby get too hot.Keep room temperatures in a range comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
- Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
- Breastfeeding is recommended to help to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth. Place the crib in an area that is always smoke free.
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.
- Consider using a pacifier at nap time and bed time, once breastfeeding is well established.
- Talk to those who care for your baby, including child care providers, family, and friends, about placing your baby to sleep on his back for every sleep.
- Obtain regular prenatal care to reduce the risk of SIDS even before birth.
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
Mercer County Health District offers free portable cribs to those who qualify. The requirements are:
- Proof of WIC, Medicaid or other Assistance
- 32+ Weeks Pregnant or
- Infant no older than 10 months
- Parents Only—Not Available for Caregivers
- Learn about Safe Sleep
To schedule an appointment, call 419-586-2351 ext. 1270.
For more educational information, visit ODH Infant Safe Sleep.