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Creating a Safe Sleep Environment for Babies
Babies should ALWAYS sleep ALONE in a safety approved CRIB with a FIRM
MATTRESS that is covered with a SNUG FITTED SHEET.
> ALWAYS use the mattress that comes with the playpen or bassinet & do NOT add extra padding to
cushion the mattress.
Room-sharing is recommended. Bed-sharing is NOT.
AVOID soft sleep surfaces and keep soft objects and loose bedding out of
increased risk of dying from SIDS.
>In 9/2011, Chicago became the 1st city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads due to concern
that they pose a suffocation risk to babies.
>Bumper pads were originally made to cover spaces between crib slats that were too far apart. There are
now regulations on this, so they are no longer needed.
>Make sure babies don't get attached to blankets (or other security items), even small ones because there
is a high risk of suffocation & SIDS occurring.
Avoid using Positioners, Wedges & Bumper Pads
using any of these products.
obviously a dangerous situation. Now, there are federal guidelines on how far apart the crib slats have to
be (check out CPSC for details and information on this). The risks bumper pads pose, such as suffocation,
strangulation, entrapment and obstructing adequate air flow, which can cause carbon dioxide to build up a
round the baby's face, by FAR OUTWEIGH the very minor risk of a baby sticking their arm or leg out
between the slats. VERY FEW injuries have been caused by this and NONE of them were life threatening.
On the other hand, the risks bumper pads pose ARE life threatening.
Keep your home and car SMOKE-FREE
the skin of nonsmokers, babies are at particular risk.
Make sure baby DOES NOT OVERHEAT while they sleep.
> You should keep the room temperature between 65-75 in the winter and 68-82 in the summer.
> Babies should be dressed in 1 more layer than an adult is wearing. DON'T OVERDRESS THEM.
> Do NOT over-bundle baby or use thick, fluffy blankets.
> NO hat needs to be worn after leaving the hospital, unless baby is going outside in the cold or wind.
Babies Should NOT Sleep in Sitting Devices
> The posture a baby assumes while in one of these sitting devices can partially compress the chest wall &
reduce airway size, resulting in lower levels of oxygen.
> When a car seat is installed correctly in a car, the baby is seated at a particular angle, but if the car seat is
sitting on the floor, the baby is not at the correct angle.
* Make sure to read the owner's manual so that you are installing your baby's car seat at the proper
angle, which is crucial.
* Typically this is at a 45 degree angle, which will prevent the baby from slumping & to help keep their
> If a baby falls asleep in a sitting device, they should be moved to a crib, bassinet or playpen as soon as it is
> The risk of a baby getting flat spots on their head increases the more time they spend in a sitting device.
> There is a risk of injuries resulting from falls from car seats being placed on elevated surfaces. (counter,
table, couch, bed or any raised surface off of the floor)
> There is a concern of suffocation deaths due to car seats overturning after being placed on a bed, mattress
> A warning issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission states that there is a suffocation hazard to
babies, especially those who are younger than 4 months, who are carried in baby sling carriers.
* When carrying a baby in a sling, it is important to ensure that the baby's head is up and above the fabric,
their face is visible and their nose and mouth are clear of obstructions.
~ It is important to eliminate the risk of baby overheating or suffocating while being carried in a sling
Experts recommend giving babies a pacifier at nap & nighttime for the 1st year
of life if they will take it.
SUPERVISED, AWAKE Tummy Time is IMPORTANT!
from the hospital.
> Start with 5 minutes at a time and increase the time as baby gets stronger. Ideally 20-30 minutes, 2-3 times
a day is best.
> Keep it up even if the baby doesn't seem to like it, eventually they will get used to it.
> Scheduling Tummy Time for after naps or diaper changes often works best.
Regular well-baby check-ups and scheduled immunizations are RECOMMENDED.
Follow your pediatrician's recommendations & discuss any questions or concerns you may have with them.
Using "home cardiorespiratory monitors" does NOT reduce the risk of SIDS, therefore they are NOT recommended. (unless prescribed by your doctor for a specific medical condition)
EVERYONE Who Cares For Babies NEEDS TO KNOW About All Of These IMPORTANT WAYS TO KEEP BABIES SAFE WHILE THEY SLEEP!