Each year, nearly 1,000 children die due to choking or suffocation. Experts warn against co-sleeping. Share a room with your baby, not the bed, recliner, or sofa.
While fatalities from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have declined dramatically since the Nineties, deaths from other sleep-related causes including suffocation, entrapment, and asphyxia have increased. Don't add to the numbers: Get the facts today.
Experts say if you suspect your baby has stopped breathing, touch or rouse the infant a bit to see if it responds. If the baby does not breathe, it may be experiencing a disorder called apnea and you should call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number right away.
Always place babies on their backs when putting them to sleep.
Don't put your child at risk. Sleep in the same room with your baby but not in the same bed.
A -lone - Do Not Share a Bed
B -ack - Place Infants to Sleep on Their Backs, Not Their Stomachs or Side
C -rib - Use A Safety Approved Sleep Place Such as a Crib or Bassinette
Studies have shown that babies are less likely to choke during the night if able to spit up when sleeping on their back
Babies are more likely to wake up during danger situations if sleeping on their backs
Sing, hum, or play soft music to make it easier for your baby to fall asleep on their backs
Once babies start rolling over and choosing their own sleep position, it is important that there are no blankets, bumpers or soft toys in the sleep area to get near their face
1. Place your baby on their back - every sleep, every time
2. Use a firm sleep surface - a firm mattress covered by a tightly fitted sheet
3. Share a room with your baby, not the bed, recliner, or sofa
4. Your baby's bed should be a bed, bassinette, or other safe place
5. Keep soft objects (including toys, pillows, quilts, and bumper pads) out of your baby's bed
6. Keep your baby away from those who are smoking
7. Pacifiers for sleep are acceptable but not attached to your baby's clothes
8. Avoid overheating and overbundling your baby
9. Avoid wedges, positioners, and all other commercial sleep safety devices
10. It is ok for your baby to spend time on their tummy while awake. Encourage tummy time only when supervised
Poor or Late Prenatal Care
Sleeping in Car Seats, Strollers or Swings