Safe sleep for infants

Follow these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep your baby safe.

Sleep on their backs

Healthy babies sleep safest on their backs.

Why? When a baby is on his or her back anything regurgitated must work against gravity to be inhaled into the lungs. If the baby is on his or her stomach it is easier to choke.

Nothing in or over the crib

Do not place pillows, quilts, bumper pads, toys, or anything in the crib. This also includes mobiles over the crib.

Why? Soft objects and loose bedding in the crib increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, suffocation, entrapment and strangulation.

Blanket use

A great option for a blanket that provides the same warmth and comfort is an age-appropriate sleep sack. However, If your prefer a blanket, use a light blanket and be sure to tuck all sides along bottom half of crib, below baby’s arms.

Why? Toys and other soft bedding, including fluffy blankets, comforters, pillows, stuffed animals, and wedges can impair the infant’s ability to breathe if they cover his face.

Tummy time

Supervised tummy time during play is important to baby’s healthy development.

Why? Having supervised tummy time allows babies to develop normally.

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Recommendations to keep your infant safe