Safe Sleep, is a program designed to reduce the number of babies who die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Use this information to keep your baby safe while sleeping.
Sleep Position: Always place the baby on their back for naps and bedtime to minimize the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Sleep Environment: Use a firm sleep surface like a crib, bassinet, or portable crib with a fitted sheet, following safety standards. Avoid adult beds, couches, or chairs for baby's sleep.
Room Sharing: Keep the baby's sleep area in the same room as the parents for the first year, but ensure the baby sleeps in their own safety-approved space, not in the parent's bed.
Avoid Sitting Devices: Refrain from using bouncy seats, swings, carriers, or strollers as routine sleep spaces for the baby.
Remove Soft Objects: Keep soft items such as pillows, blankets, toys, and bumpers out of the baby's sleep area to prevent suffocation hazards.
Avoid Smoking: Pregnant women should not smoke, and smoking should be prohibited around the baby to reduce health risks.
Maintain Optimal Temperature: Ensure the baby does not get too hot during sleep by regulating the room temperature and avoiding overdressing.
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is encouraged, offering various health benefits for both the baby and the mother.
Pacifier Use: Provide a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and nighttime sleep after breastfeeding is established to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Skin-to-Skin Contact: Engage in supervised skin-to-skin contact between mothers and infants immediately after birth for at least an hour, promoting bonding and well-being.
Healthcare Guidance: Follow healthcare provider recommendations regarding vaccines and regular health checkups for the baby's overall well-being.
Safe Sleep Happens Outside of the Car Seat: Once you have reached your final destination, remove the sleeping infant from their car seat and transfer them to a safe, flat sleep surface.