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    Sleep Safety for Babies

    Taylor F. MSN, RNC-OB 09/15/2022

    Keeping your baby safe is a top priority for parents. Here are some guidelines to help you maintain baby’s safety at night and during nap times.

    • Babies should sleep alone in a crib, portable crib, or bassinet. Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission for information on safety-approved sleep spaces.
    • The crib can be close to the parent’s bed, but the baby must not share the bed or any other sleep surface with anyone at any time.
    • Babies should not sleep or nap on a sofa, chair, cushion or waterbed. Do not use inclined sleepers or let babies sleep in car seats or infant swings (except while riding in a car).
    • Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet. No pillows, blankets, comforters, stuffed animals or other soft things should be in the crib, portable crib, or bassinet.
    •  Always put babies on their backs to sleep, even when they can roll over.
    •  Keep baby’s face and head uncovered during sleep for easy breathing.
    •  Do not overheat the baby. Dress the baby in as much or as little clothing as you are wearing. Keep the baby’s room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult. A wearable blanket is a great option.
    • Breastfeeding is recommended to reduce the risk for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome, or SUIDS. Do not allow anyone to smoke around the baby.
    • Pacifiers can reduce the risk for SUIDS. Use a pacifier after breastfeeding is well-established, which takes about 2 weeks.

     For more information on Safe Sleep, please visit www.deaconess.com/safesleep

     

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