One of the best ways to show love for your baby is to provide a safe place for him or her to sleep. Parents should begin the ABCs and 123s of safe sleep practices right from the start to ensure all children sleep safe and grow healthy.
It’s as easy as ABC
Alone: Keep your baby’s sleep area close but separate from where others sleep. Your baby should not sleep with others in a bed, on a couch, or in a chair.
Back: Your baby should be placed to sleep on his or her back in a safety-approved crib on a firm mattress every time-including during naps and at night.
Crib: Remove all loose bedding, comforters, quilts, sheepskins, stuffed animals bumpers, wedges, and pillows from your baby’s crib.
SIDS and accidental suffocation are the leading causes of death in babies aged 1 to 12 months.
Babies who are 2 to 4 months of age are at highest risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation.
Three last tips: 1) Keep babies away from cigarette smoke and others that smoke or places where people smoke. Babies need good, clean air; 2) Breastfeed often and as long as you can; 3) Do not let your baby get too hot.
For your baby to gain strength and to encourage growth and development, supervised awake TUMMY time helps combat SIDS risk behavior. Start with short periods of tummy time and adjust as your baby grows.
Tell everyone that comes in contact with your baby such as grandparents, siblings, babysitters, and friends the ABCs and 123s of safe sleep. Cribs for Kids (C4K) teaches safe sleep techniques based on best practice recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institute of Health and Human Development.
Click here for the Cribs for Kids® video about back sleeping and the proper flow of spit up when baby is in supine (correct position: laying on back) and prone (incorrect position: laying on stomach).