WATERFORD, MI – The deaths of two young children over the weekend, who were sleeping with relatives is a tragic reminder of the extreme importance of following the safe sleep guidelines below.
Every sleep time counts—for naps and at night. Make sure everyone caring for your baby knows these guidelines.
- Baby sleeps alone in a crib, Pack ‘N Play, or bassinet. If you bring baby into your bed to breastfeed, make sure to put him or her back in a crib, Pack ‘N Play, or bassinet.
- Always put baby to sleep on his or her back – even when baby can roll over.
- Pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or other soft things should not be in baby’s sleep area. Crib bumpers can cause serious injuries and even death. Keeping them out of baby’s sleep area is the best way to avoid these dangers.
- Keep baby’s face uncovered during sleep for easy breathing. Use a sleeper instead of a blanket.
- Avoid allowing anyone to smoke around baby.
- Avoid overheating baby. Dress baby in the same amount of clothing as you are wearing. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
- Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet. Never place baby to sleep on soft surfaces, such as on a couch or sofa, pillows, quilts, sheepskins, or blankets.
Sleep-related causes of infant death are those linked to how or where a baby sleeps. They are due to accidental causes, such as: suffocation; entrapment, when baby gets trapped between two objects, such as a mattress and wall, and can’t breathe; or strangulation, when something presses on or wraps around baby’s neck, blocking baby’s airway.