Safe sleep for your baby
According to data from the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System, about 50 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly, sometimes called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), each year in Colorado while they sleep. Most of these sleep-related infant deaths are preventable.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following to create a safe sleep environment:
- Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
- Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.*
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Share your room, but not your bed, with your baby for the first six months to a year.
- Your baby shouldn't sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair, alone, with you or with anyone else.
- Keep soft objects, toys, crib bumpers and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.
- Give your baby a dry pacifier that isn't attached to a string for naps and at night.
- Don't smoke or allow smoking around your baby.
- Don't drink alcohol or use illegal drugs during pregnancy or after the baby is born.
- Don't let your baby get too hot during sleep.
- Get regular health care during pregnancy.
- Follow your health care provider's guidance on your baby's vaccines and regular health checkups.
- Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
- Don't use home heart or breathing monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Give your baby plenty of "tummy time" when he or she is awake and someone's watching.
- Swaddling does not reduce the risk of SIDS.
* Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more information about crib safety.
More information on safe sleep
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Safe to Sleep Campaign.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- First Candle.
- Charlie's Kids' Foundation.