September 5, 2014

Newborn baby sleepingIn honor of Baby Safety Month, we’re sharing some helpful information to keep your baby safe while sleeping.

Factors to consider when ensuring a safe sleep environment include your baby’s crib, the contents of the crib and the sleeping position of your baby.

Our friends at SafeKids.org, share these helpful tips:

  • Check to see if the crib meets current Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standards. If it doesn’t, don’t use it. If you have a used crib, check to see if it has been recalled.
  • Avoid placing stuffed animals, bumpers or any other accessories in your baby’s crib.
  • Avoid soft bedding, which can block a baby’s airway during sleep. A firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet is the best option.
  • Avoid placing a crib near windows, draperies, blinds or wall-mounted decorative accessories with cords. Do not hang anything above your baby’s crib on a string or cord.
  • Lay your baby on his or her back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Use a sleepsack (wearable blanket) to help keep your baby warm on cold nights.

For their safety, babies should only sleep in cribs. If your baby falls asleep in a bouncy chair, couch, bed, or baby swing, be sure to return him or her to a safe sleep environment.

For more information about baby sleep safety, visit the website for the Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign.