Safe Sleep for Your Baby

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Is your baby sleeping safely?

Infant Safe Sleep Tips

Follow these tips and explore the rest of to learn why of the ABCs of infant safe sleep are safest for baby:

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed.
  • Never place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, cushions or soft surfaces.
  • Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a sleep sack, and do not use a blanket.
  • Avoid letting the baby get too hot. Keep room temperatures in a range comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended to help to reduce the risk of SIDS. Check out this guide to breastfeeding.
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth. Place the crib in an area that is always smoke free.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.
  • Consider using a pacifier at nap time and bed time, once breastfeeding is well established.
  • Talk to those who care for your baby, including child care providers, family, and friends, about placing your baby to sleep on his back for every sleep.
  • Obtain regular prenatal care to reduce the risk of SIDS even before birth.
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
Need a safe place to put your baby to sleep?   The Perry County Health Department is dedicated to keeping sleeping babies safe.  If you cannot afford a crib or Pack ‘n Play where you can lay your baby Alone on their Back in their Crib, contact Chad Seurkamp at 740-342-5179 to check your eligibility for assistance. Still have questions about making sure your baby is sleeping safely? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

Additional Resources:

Ohio Department of Health  – Infant Safe Sleep Cribs for Kids – Helping Every Baby Sleep Safer  First Candle – Helping Babies Survive and Thrive  ]]>