What is the safest way to put my baby to sleep?
The lives of many babies are cut short by being put to sleep in an unsafe sleep environment. In the U.S. more than 3,500 infants die every year while sleeping. Often this is due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or from accidental suffocation or strangulation.
In 2018, there were 128 infant deaths that resulted from, or were associated with an unsafe sleep environment. These deaths are preventable by following a few key recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics or AAP. The primary message for parents and others who care for infants is to “Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep.” There are three critical measures to follow when it’s time for an infant to sleep.
Safe Sleep: Remember Your ABCs
A is for Alone
Make sure your baby never sleeps with you, another adult, child, or pet.
B is for Back
Your baby should always be placed on his or her back to sleep. When your baby is laid down to rest on his or her side or tummy, the risk of suffocation due to rebreathing carbon dioxide increases.
C is for Crib
Your baby should always be laid down to sleep in a crib, bassinet or play yard that is safety approved by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSD).
Become a Safe Sleep Ambassador
Public Health is launching Safe Sleep Ambassador Training to teach caregivers how to prevent sleep-related deaths. These deaths are preventable by following a few key recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The primary message for parents and others who care for infants is to Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep.
|Thursday, January 27, 2022||1:00 – 3:00pm||Online Event||Register|
|Saturday, February 19, 2022||9:00 – 11:00am||Online Event||Register|
|Thursday, March 24, 2022||1:00 – 3:00pm||Online Event||Register|
|Saturday, April 9, 2022||9:00 – 11:00am||Online Event||Register|
|Thursday, May 26, 2022||1:00 – 3:00pm||Online Event||Register|
|Thursday, June 16, 2022||1:00 – 3:00pm||Online Event||Register|
The training is open to anyone interested in learning more about safe sleep practices. The goal is to train individuals to be ambassadors of safe sleep and to teach others so more infants are protected. For more information contact Angela Grayson at (937) 496-6831.
Infant Safe Sleep Tips
- 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.
- Breastfeeding is recommended to help to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.
- Talk to those who care for your baby, including child care providers, family, and friends, about placing your baby to sleep on their back for every sleep.
DO YOU NEED A SAFE PLACE FOR YOUR BABY TO SLEEP
Families must meet the following requirements to participate in the Safe Sleep Program:
- Have no other safe sleep space such as crib, pack ‘n play or bassinet or ability to obtain one
- Be a resident of Greene or Montgomery County
- At least 32 weeks pregnant or a child under 1 year of age
- Receive safe sleep education and complete required paperwork
- One pack ‘n play or cribette per child
In Ohio, three babies die each week in unsafe sleep environments. These deaths are preventable by keeping in mind a few safe sleep ABC’s:
Babies are safest Alone, on their Back, in an empty Crib.
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, in collaboration with Ohio Department of Health and Cribs for Kids is providing Infant Survival Kits to parents and caregivers in our community. The Infant Survival Kit includes a cribette, fitted sheet, sleep sack and educational safe sleep material.