Infant Sleep Safety
Making sure a baby is safe when they sleep is important. Babies can suffocate if their airways become blocked by soft objects like blankets, pillows, or other objects. They are also at risk if someone rolls onto them. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib or bassinet that is clear of everything else.
Parents provide many reasons for co-sleeping. It is important to know that co-sleeping is not safe!. Every year many children die due to co-sleeping.
Reasons parents give for bed sharing/co-sleeping:
·Lack of separate room
·Lack of crib
Convenience – easier to feed baby, easier to check on baby during night
Safety – want to be able to see to keep safe
Parental comfort – bonding with baby due to lack of time for working parents
Depression - mom's suffering from depression increased bed sharing
What does a safe sleep environment look like?
Baby asleep alone and on their back
In the same room where their parents sleep
In an approved crib or bassinet with a firm surface
With tightly fitted sheets
No bumpers, pillows, blankets, loose bedding, or toys
No cords or other objects within baby's reach
What are other safety recommendations?
No smoking - during pregnancy or around the baby.
Each sleep counts - the same safety rules should be followed during naps as well as bedtime.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SUIDS (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome).
Couches, recliners, chairs, and other non-approved surfaces should never be used for a baby to sleep or nap - especially if they are sleeping with a caregiver.
Offer a pacifier at each nap and at bedtime. For breastfeeding babies, wait to offer the pacifier until breastfeeding is well-established (at about 4 weeks). Pacifiers should NOT be forced or attached to a baby or a baby's clothing.
Don't let baby get too hot during sleep - no more than one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear to be comfortable. Keep the room at a comfortable temperature.
Follow your health care provider's guidance on vaccines and checkups
Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SUID.
Products such as wedges, positioners, monitors, etc. - have not been tested for safety or effectiveness and could possibly cause harm.
Give baby plenty of tummy time when baby is awake and supervised.
FL Dept of Children & Families http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-welfare/safesleep American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aappolicy.org National Institute for Child and Human Development Back to Sleep Campaign (Order free educational materials) http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sids/sids.cfm