Safe Sleep Awareness
September is National Safe Sleep Awareness month. At AppleTree & Gilden Woods we are committed to providing infants with a safe place to grow and learn. For this reason, AppleTree & Gilden Woods have a policy in safe sleep practices for infants to also include providing a safe sleep environment and ensuring all teachers are trained on safe sleep annually.
We support and respect your parenting decisions but want to make sure you take this opportunity to learn important information to help keep your infant safe.
SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome. This term 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. SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age. Studies show that breast feeding is associated with reduced infant deaths. Here are some important tips for reducing the risk of SIDS.
Safe Sleep Environment
- Babies should be placed on their backs every time they sleep—at naptime as well as at night.
- Babies should always sleep alone in a crib.
- Use a firm crib mattress with a tight-fitting sheet. Keep soft objects and loose bedding like bumper pads and blankets out of the crib.
- Dress your baby in a sleep or sleep sack instead of using a blanket.
- Do not place babies on a soft mattress, waterbed, couch, chair, pillow, comforter, or other soft, fluffy surface.
- Do not smoke while you are pregnant or after your baby is born. Smoking during pregnancy or exposing children to secondhand smoke puts them at greater risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Where is the safest place for my baby to sleep?
The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, 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 bond with your baby. The crib or bassinet should be free from toys, soft bedding, blankets, and pillows.
Make sure everyone who cares for your baby knows the Safe Sleep rules. Tell grandparents, babysitters, childcare providers, and 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 very high risk for SIDS—so every sleep time counts!
Free educational materials, including brochures, posters, decals and DVDs, can be accessed at: http://michigan.gov/safesleep