Sleep Safe for Babies
This one is for all you moms. You know the feeling – the relief that comes when your crying baby finally falls asleep. In that moment, we don’t think about sleep being harmful but hundreds of babies die each year in their sleep from unknown causes. In fact, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of infant death during the first year of life. Health care providers don’t know the exact causes of SIDS, but the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does recommend these steps to reduce the risk of SIDS in your baby:
- Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep – even naps!
- Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet.
- Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, a couch, or a chair – even if you are there.
- Soft objects, toys, or loose bedding should be away from your baby while sleeping.
- Do not smoke or allow others to smoke around your baby.
- Breastfeed if possible.
- Use baby pacifiers that do not have a string.
- Your baby should sleep in a comfortable room temperature.
For these and more tips on keeping your baby safe during sleep, please visit the Center for Disease Control at SIDS Awareness Month.