Sweet Dreams: The ABC'S of Safe Sleep
Growing babies spend a lot of time sleeping. However, parents should be aware of the risks of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), when babies stop breathing and die in their sleep. A baby's airway can be blocked by many things. To make sure your baby has safe, sweet dreams, remember the ABC'S of safe sleep.
A is for Alone
- Babies should sleep alone. No parents, stuffed animals, pillows and bedding, crib bumpers, other kids or pets in the bed with them.
- Babies can sleep in the same room as parents, but NOT in the same bed.
B is for Back
- Babies should sleep on their backs. NEVER put them on their stomach or side to sleep.
C is for Crib/Cool
- Babies should sleep in cribs. The mattress should be flat and firm, with a tightly fitted sheet. No sofas, waterbeds, or smart foam mattresses. Test: if you lift the baby up and it leaves an indentation, the bed is not firm enough.
- Babies should not be overdressed to sleep. Put them in light, breathable cotton clothing with socks. Make sure there are no cords, ribbons or restricting parts around the baby's neck, face or wrists.
- Keep the temperature in the baby's sleeping area cool.
- Remove any hanging cords or electrical wires from your baby's sleeping area.
S is for Smoke-Free
- Babies should not sleep in a place where people smoke or have smoked.
- Install smoke detectors in your home.