Safe Infant Sleep

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Every year, 3,500 infants die from a sleep-related death in the United States. There are steps you, and others who care for your baby, can take to prevent these deaths and ensure safe infant sleep. Here are steps you can take to help you and your baby sleep safe and sound during their first year of life.

  • Back is Best. Place your baby on their back every time they sleep, including naps.
  • Use a firm and flat mattress – one without an incline – with a well fitted sheet.
  • If you can, only feed your baby breast milk for six months and continue for at least two years.
  • Share your room with your baby. Keep your baby near your bed in their own bed, like a bassinet, crib, or portable play pen without other people, pets, or toys.
  • Keep everything out of your baby’s sleep area – no blankets, pillows, quilts, bumper pads, crib liners, sitting devices, toys, or other objects.
  • Avoid placing your baby to sleep on a couch, armchair, or seating device like a swing, baby seat, or car safety seat (except when in a car).

This information is not just for parents! Share with everyone who cares for your baby so they understand and practice safe infant sleep.

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