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Safe Sleep Guidelines

Safe sleep practices are designed to reduce the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

  • Use a firm and flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft items in the sleep area.
  • Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Do not use car seat, stroller, swing, infant carrier, infant sling, or similar products as baby’s regular sleep area
  • Do not put soft objects, toys, crib bumpers, or loose bedding under baby, over baby, or anywhere in baby’s sleep area.
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby or in your baby’s environment.
  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep. Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket, designed to keep him or her warm without the need for loose blankets in the sleep area. Keep the room at a comfortable level for a lightly clothed adult.
  • Wedges and positioners should not be used.
  • Do not use heart or breathing monitors in the home to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Only 1 baby per crib
  • Breastfeed your baby
  • Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS after breastfeeding is established.
  • Supervised tummy time
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