Safe Sleeping for Baby

There are a number of things you can do to keep your baby safe while sleeping. These are a few helpful hints:

  • Place your baby on his or her back. Do this unless your doctor tells you differently.

  • Do not smoke around the baby.

  • Have your baby sleep in your bedroom until he or she is one year of age.

  • Use a crib that has been tested and approved for safety. Ask the store you bought the crib from if you do not know.

  • Do not cover the baby's head with blankets.

  • Do not use pillows, quilts, or comforters in the crib.

  • Keep toys out of the bed.

  • Do not over-bundle a baby with clothes or blankets. Use a light blanket. The baby should not feel hot or sweaty when you touch them.

  • Get a firm mattress for the baby. Do not let babies sleep on adult beds, soft mattresses, sofas, cushions, or waterbeds. Adults and children should never sleep with the baby.

  • Make sure there are no spaces between the crib and the wall. Keep the crib mattress low to the ground.

Remember, crib death is rare no matter what position a baby sleeps in. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.