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10 Tips for Safe Sleep

The thought of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – or SIDS – is enough to make any parent panic. Put your mind at ease by reading 10 tips for keeping your little one safe during sleep.*

1.) Always place your baby on his or her back (not stomach or side) for naps and to sleep at night.

2.) Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet.

3.) Keep pillows, blankets, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.

4.) Keep your baby’s sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep. If you bring your baby into bed with you to breastfeed, put him or her back in a separate sleep area, such as a bassinet, crib, cradle, or a bedside co-sleeper (infant bed that attaches to an adult bed) when finished.

5.) Try using a clean, dry pacifier when putting the infant down to sleep, but don’t force the baby to take it. If you are breastfeeding, wait until your child is 1 month old or is used to breastfeeding before introducing a pacifier.

6.) Dress your baby in light sleep clothing (use a one-piece sleeper instead of a blanket), and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.

7.) Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS because most have not been tested for effectiveness or safety.

8.) Provide “tummy time” when your baby is awake and someone is watching; this helps reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on your baby’s head and helps strengthen your baby’s neck and shoulder muscles.

9.) Change the direction that your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next.

10.) Avoid too much time in car seats, carriers and bouncers.

Learn more about sleep programs at The Children’s Hospital.

*Information courtesy of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Mile High Mamas
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