How to Keep Your Baby Safe

Parents and caregivers can reduce the risk of infant death from suffocation by being aware of and following these safe sleeping practices.

  • 1 Share a room, not a bed.
  • 2 Lay baby down to sleep in a crib or bassinet.
  • 3 Place babies on their back every time - at night and for naps.
  • 4 Give babies space to breathe - no pillows, bumpers, blankets or toys.

 

A clear crib is the safest place for a baby to sleep

Questions You May Have

Is it safe to put a baby to sleep in a car seat or stroller?
No, because of the way the baby is positioned in these carriers. Babies should always be placed on their back to sleep.

Can I swaddle my baby?
Yes, but be sure to use a light receiving blanket because other blankets, such as San Marcos blankets, can be too heavy and warm for infants. Once babies reach 5-6 months, swaddling is no longer needed and parents can simply continue to dress their baby in a onesie or sleeper.

What if I am breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is encouraged, and moms should place their baby in a crib or bassinet after nursing.

What if my baby likes sleeping on his stomach?
The safest way for babies to sleep is on their back. When babies sleep on their stomach or side, they can choke or suffocate.

My baby has trouble breathing – what's the best way to put my baby to sleep?
If your baby has a medical condition, talk to your doctor about any special care your child may need.

 
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