WFPD Summer Safety Tip #1 – Infant Sleeping Safety

Safe_Sleep_Environment_infographic_645The WFPD wants to remind you that creating a safe sleeping environment is an essential part of “Infant Safety”.  After all, a parent’s worst nightmare is that of losing a child.  Nearly 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as accidental suffocation.  In fact, statistics show that three out of five cases of infant suffocation occur in the sleeping environment, including cribs, beds, bunk beds, and co-sleeping (usually with parents).  Keep your children safe by following these simple, life-saving tips:

  • Always place your baby to sleep on his or her back, for naps and at night
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. Try room sharing—keeping baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved* crib, covered by a fitted sheet
  • Keep soft objects, toys, pillows, crib bumpers, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area
  • Dress your baby in no more than one layer of clothing more than an adult would wear to be comfortable, and leave the blanket out of the crib. A one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket can be used for sleep clothing. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult

For more information on the Safe to Sleep® campaign, go to:  http://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/

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