A continuous wave of worry sets in from the moment you find out you’re going to be a parent. Rest easy with these safe sleep tips.
When you create a safe space for your sleeping baby, you help reduce their chance of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents adhere to the ABCs of sleep (Alone, Back, Crib) and we’re sharing additional information to keep your baby safe.
Put your baby to sleep in his or her own crib or bassinet. It is recommended to keep your baby in the same room as you for sleep for at least the first 6 months of their life. Keeping baby alone but close in their own sleeping space is safest.
Lay baby down on his or her back every single time. This greatly reduces the risk of SIDS. Additionally, make sure your baby isn’t too hot. A warm chest or sweating is an indication your baby might be too warm.
Your baby should sleep in a flat, firm, safety-approved crib. Soft items, such as blankets, bumpers, and toys should be removed from the sleeping area.
Additional Safe Sleep Tips
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs during pregnancy. Additionally, do not smoke around your baby.
- Breastfeeding your baby has been proven to help reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Offer your infant a pacifier during naptime or bedtime.
- Give your baby ample tummy time.
- Keep regular check-ups with your baby’s pediatrician.
The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services. For more information about safe sleep practices, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/sids/Parents-Caregivers.htm.