Health Services

Safe Sleep Education

Mission

The mission is to prevent infant sleep-related deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for their babies.

9 Steps for Safe Sleep

  1. Always place your baby to sleep on his or her back on a firm sleep surface.
  2. Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature comfortable for an adult.
  3. Dress your baby to sleep in a one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket instead of loose blankets.
  4. Share the room not the bed. Your baby should only sleep in a crib, bassinet, or portable play yard.
  5. Remove all soft bedding, bumpers and toys from your baby's sleep area. Use only a tight fitted sheet.
  6. Do not expose your baby to smoke of any kind. Remember, cigarette and other smoke can linger on clothing.
  7. Visit your baby's pediatrician or provider regularly and stay up-to-date on your baby's immunizations.
  8. Breastfeed if possible. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of SIDS by 50%.
  9. Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep.
 
Don't forget to keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.