7 Tips for Making Your Home a Safe Sleep Environment

August 31, 2016

Posted by Lisa Lomasney

September is National Safe Sleep Month

SIDS stands for "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome" and describes the sudden, previously thought unexplained, death of an infant younger than 1 year of age.  Some people call SIDS "crib death" because many babies who die of SIDS are found in their cribs.  But cribs do not cause SIDS.

Facts about SIDS from the Safe to Sleep Campaign

  • SIDS is the leading cause of death in babies 1 month to 1 year of age
  • Most SIDS deaths happen between 1 month and 4 months of age
  • Each year, about 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time from SIDS, accidental suffocation, or unknown causes

7 Tips for Making Your Home a Safe Sleep Environment

  1. Babies should be placed on their backs every time they sleep - at naptime as well as at night
  2. Babies should always sleep alone in a crib
  3. Use a firm crib mattress and a tight fitting sheet.   Keep soft objects and loose bedding like bumper pads and blankets out of the crib.
  4. Dress your baby in a sleeper or sleep sack instead of using a blanket
  5. Do not place babies on a soft mattress, waterbed, couch, chair, pillow, comforter, or other soft, fluffy surface
  6. Avoid having people smoke around your baby as infants exposed to secondhand smoke are at greater risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  7. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed.  Place the baby's crib or bassinet near your bed (within arm's reach).  This makes it easier to breastfeed and to bond with your baby.  The crib or bassinet should be free from toys, soft bedding, blankets, and pillows.


Spread the Safe Sleep Word!

Make sure that everyone who cares for your baby - or any baby! - knows the Safe Sleep rules.  Tell grandparents, babysitters, childcare providers - or other caregivers to always place your baby on his or her back to sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS.  Babies who usually sleep on their backs but who are then placed on their stomachs, even for a nap, are at a very high risk for SIDS - so every sleep time counts!


What is AppleTree & Gilden Woods doing to ensure safety?

All teachers - Lead Teachers and Classroom Assistants - that spend time in the Infant Rooms at all AppleTree & Gilden Woods locations receive professional development training in regards to Safe Sleep best practices.  We also have FACT cards with this information available at our schools for your reference or ease of distribution to those who may care for your baby.


Picture from www.healthychildcare.org/sids.html

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