Suffocation due to an unsafe sleep environment is the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under 1 year of age. By following a few simple tips, parents and caregivers can create a safer sleep space for little ones.

Top Safety Tips:

  • Babies should be placed on their back for every sleep.
  • Babies should sleep in their own sleep space, such as a crib, bassinet, or pack-n-play. It is recommended that babies sleep in the same room as their parents, but not in the same bed.
  • Babies should sleep on a firm surface, such as a crib mattress with a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Avoid soft bedding, loose pillows, crib bumpers, stuffed animals, or blankets in a baby’s sleep space because these could block a baby’s airway.
  • Breastfeeding and supervised tummy time while baby is awake are recommended to help prevent sleep-related deaths.

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