Safe or Unsafe? Test your Safe Sleep Knowledge!
Take a look at the four sleeping environments below. One is safe, and three are unsafe. Can you identify which one is safe and why the others are not? Scroll to the bottom of the page to check your answers!
Infant sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Most are caused by accidental suffocation.
Remember your ABCs and follow them every time you put your baby down to sleep.
A - Alone
Put baby in a safe sleep space ALONE for every sleep—this means no parents, no brothers or sisters, no stuffed animals, no blankets, no bumpers. Baby sleeps safest alone in their crib.
B - Back
Put baby in a safe sleep space on their BACK for naps and nighttime. Babies’ airways can easily be blocked, and they can suffocate when on their stomach. Baby sleeps safest on their back.
C - Crib
Put baby in a safe sleep space – a CRIB or play yard. Baby can become trapped in the cushions or sheets of a couch or adult bed. Baby sleeps safest on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet in a crib or play yard.
UNSAFE: Babies should be placed on their backs for every sleep, including naps. Keep pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, bumper pads, and stuffed toys out of the crib. They can cause your baby to suffocate. Take the caps off for sleep; this reduces the risk of overheating.
UNSAFE: Wedges, positioners, special mattresses and specialized sleep surfaces have not been shown to reduce the risk of infant death. Baby can suffocate when sleeping in these types of devices. Avoid using them unless your baby is awake.
UNSAFE: There is no evidence to suggest swaddling reduces your baby’s risk of death. If you swaddle, the swaddle should be snug. Stop swaddling your baby when he starts to roll. Take the caps off for sleep; this reduces the risk of overheating.
SAFE: Babies should be placed on their backs for every sleep, including naps. Infant sleep clothing, including wearable blankets, are safer than loose blankets and other coverings. This will keep baby warm and reduce the risk of their face being covered or caught in a blanket.
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