Providing a safe sleep environment for baby is important for parents and caregivers to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other infant deaths related to bedding. Since the beginning of the National Back to Sleep Campaign in 1994, SIDS has dropped 50% in the United States. Read on for more information about what to do.
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Maryland Deptartment of Health & Mental Hygiene
Consumer Product Safety Commission
SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths:
Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment
place your baby on its back at night.
use a firm mattress that fits tightly into crib.
give baby "Tummy Time" while awake for upper body development.
create a smoke free zone around baby.
keep baby's room at a comfortable temperature.
keep all well-baby appointments.
place baby on adult bed, waterbed or sofa.
use pillows, blankets, comforters, sheepskin, or other soft bedding.
cover your baby's head during sleep.
smoke around baby.
use alcohol or drugs when caring for infants or children.