Why Should Providers Focus on Safe Sleep?

You play an important role for helping parents and caregivers keep their babies healthy. Model safe sleep practices whenever you can and educate parents, grandparents, and caregivers on the importance of safe sleep so you can reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

Help Baby Sleep Safe Wherever You Go

In the event of an Evacuation Order, or even a visit with friends and family, bring along a Pack n’ Play portable play pen. This will make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep WHEREVER you are.

Helpful Resources

Visit our RESOURCES page to learn more about safe sleep!

How to Promote Safe Sleep

Clinicians, community leaders and the media all have a part to play in promoting Safe Sleep. Here’s how to help:

  • Know and share the STEPS TO SAFE SLEEP Checklist with everyone who cares for and about our babies!
  • Teach and encourage safe sleep at your practice, your workplace, your church, or wherever you reach people.
  • Model safe sleep by removing items from a crib or Pack ‘n Play, placing baby on his or her back, and using a sleep sack.
  • Download and/or order our free media and materials to spread the word.
  • Have questions? Want to do even more? Your local Maternal and Child Health Coordinator can help. Find out who to call here.

Steps to Safe Sleep

These steps aren’t always as simple as they sound. Talk to a doctor or nurse for help. Not sure about a step? Find out why each one matters.

Steps to Safe Sleep!
  • You often hear parents say that they are worried about putting baby to sleep on their back because of a fear of choking. Sometimes they put things in the bed to position the baby on his or her side, and sometimes they decide that stomach sleeping must be safer in the case of their baby. Babies sleeping on their backs are actually not any more likely to choke on their spit up, so parents are not putting the baby in danger by laying them on their backs. In fact, when they put their baby on her back, they are making a choice to protect her.
  • We tend to move around when we sleep at every age. When babies sleep with an adult or another child, that person could accidently roll over and suffocate the baby. Or, a baby can get stuck or wedged between the bed and the wall, furniture or other objects.
  • When babies sleep with soft stuffed animals, blankets, pillows or on soft surfaces like couches and quilts, they can suffocate. Babies can’t push things away from their faces.
  • Experts have found that having babies sleep in their parents’ room on a separate surface (e.g. not in the bed) may cut the risk of sleep-related death by half.
  • Babies can easily get tangled in cords and choke.
  • When babies sleep with an adult or another child, that person could accidentally roll over and suffocate the baby. Or, a baby can get stuck and wedged between the bed the wall, furniture or other objects.
  • Smoking during pregnancy and smoking where a baby lives and sleeps greatly increases their risk of SIDS.
  • Being hot is not comfortable for babies - and it can be risky. Under most conditions, a baby can sleep comfortably in a onesie. If it gets cold out, just dress them in an infant sleep sack.
  • These devices are not made to hold a baby’s head in a safe position and the baby’s head could fall forward, constricting their airway. A sleeping baby shouldn’t be left in them too long.
Sending

Share these important safety tips with EVERYONE you know who cares for and about babies! Download and print the checklist here.

Try to check off as many items as possible!

Help Baby Sleep Safe Wherever You Go

In the event of an Evacuation Order, or even a visit with friends and family, bring along a Pack n’ Play portable play pen. This will make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep WHEREVER you are.

Helpful Resources

Visit our RESOURCES page to learn more about safe sleep!