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NEW INFORMATION – SAFE SLEEP AND BREASTFEEDING VIDEOS AND HANDOUTS
NICHD Learn more about ways to practice safe infant sleep and breastfeeding
- The Breastfeed Your Baby to Reduce the Risk of SIDS
- Breastfeed Your Baby to Reduce the Risk of SIDS (Full Length/1:20)
- Audio Descriptions
- Watch other segments in this series.
Parent Education Information
1. Ten safety measures parents need to be aware of to keep their baby safe the first year of life
2. How to set Up the Portable Playard Pak n’ Play
Video Link: Portable Payard Pak n’ Play Set Up
3 Cribs for Kids(R) Resources – Cribs for Kids(R) Safe Sleep Academy
4. NICHD (National Institute on Child Health and Development) Parent Education Video – NICHD Safe Sleep for Your Baby
Parent Education and Resources
Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Initiative Resources Colorado Safe Sleep Training and Resource Page
Angel Eyes Website
A, B, C’s of Safe Sleep
- Allow your baby to sleep in your room in a crib or bassinet next to your bed, ideally for the first six months.
- Avoid crib bumpers, pillows, blankets, toys, and waterbeds, or soft mattresses in the crib that may cause suffocation
- Avoid taking anything (medications, alcohol, drugs) that keeps you from awakening easily for your baby.
- Avoid sleeping with your baby on a couch or allowing your baby to sleep on a couch
- Avoid smoke exposure
- Avoid overheating
- Back to sleep for every sleep
- Blankets only for swaddling when fussy or difficulty sleeping and only for the first 2 months, then use a sleep sack
- Breastfeed your baby if at all possible and seek help with breastfeeding if you have any questions or difficulties
- Can Do: Use supervised tummy time play only when awake
- Can Do: Hold your baby for feedings
- Can Do: Stay up to date with immunizations
- Can Do: Use a pacifier for comfort and after breastfeeding Is going well
American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Practices:
- Always place babies to sleep on their backs during naps and at nighttime. Because babies sleeping on their sides are more likely to accidentally roll onto their stomach, the side position is just as dangerous as the stomach position.
- Avoid letting the baby get too hot. The baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash, and rapid breathing. Dress the baby lightly for sleep. Set the room temperature in a range that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
- Consider using a pacifier at nap time and bed time. The pacifier should not have cords or clips that might be a strangulation risk.
American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Environment
- Place your baby on a firm mattress, covered by a fitted sheet that meets current safety standards. For more about crib safety standards, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.
- Place the crib in an area that is always smoke free.
- Don’t place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, or cushions.
- Toys and other soft bedding, including fluffy blankets, comforters, pillows, stuffed animals, bumper pads, and wedges should not be placed in the crib with the baby. Loose bedding, such as sheets and blankets, should not be used as these items can impair the infant’s ability to breathe if they are close to his face. Sleep clothing, such as sleepers, sleep sacks, and wearable blankets are better alternatives to blankets.