Safe Sleep - Resources for Families of Infants
Making sure your baby is sleeping in a safe environment is the first step in ensuring a happy and healthy first year for your little one. Follow the ABC's of sleep so you and your baby can rest safe and sound:
A Alone - Baby should always sleep in an area to that is separate but close to others. Baby should never sleep with others or a pet.
B Back - Baby should always be placed to sleep on their back on a firm mattress and should be discouraged from sleeping on their bellies until they have developed good head and upper body control.
C Crib - Baby should sleep in a crib, bassinet, or Pack n' Play. Baby should never sleep on a couch, chair, or in a bed.
Some other important steps to take:
- Make sure that baby's crib is free of any loose bedding, blankets, quilts, pillows, stuffed animals or bumpers, as these items pose a suffocation hazard.
- Cords and wires should be out of reach of baby, as should low or loose mobiles.
- Baby's sleep area should be away from a furnace vent or a radiator.
- Baby's room should be kept at an appropriate temperature (approximately 68-74 degrees).
- Baby should be dressed appropriately and should sleep with their head and face uncovered.
- Baby's safe sleep environment and home should be smoke free.
- It is important to avoid alcohol and drugs, as substance misuse can impair your ability to care for your baby.
- Educate other people who will care for your baby about the importance of safe sleep.