Providing your child with a safe sleep environment from the moment they are born is imperative and can save lives. A big piece of that is recognizing what an unsafe environment looks like and while bumpers, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and mobiles may look pretty and cozy, they pose serious threats to your child’s safety and could increase their risk of SIDS. An empty crib with just a firm mattress and a fitted sheet is the safest place for your baby to sleep.
Below are our Top 5 Safe sleep Tips…
- DO: Put Your Baby On Their Back For Every Sleep
- DO: Use a Firm Crib Mattress Covered by a Fitted Sheet
- DO: Offer A Pacifier For Sleep If Possible
- DO: Stay Awake While Feeding Your Baby
- DO: Put Your Baby In A Crib or Their Own Separate Sleep Space (That is AAP approved)
As the director of The Safe Sleep Initiative for the Family Sleep Institute I understand the importance of safe sleep and safe sleep education. I educate sleep consultants around the world on safe sleep practices, current research findings and The American Academy of Pediatric’s safe sleep recommendations. This summer I will be launching a series of webinars to help bring that same education into family homes. It is our mission to make sure that no child falls victim to unsafe sleep practices. #notonourwatch