- Breastfeed your baby if possible–breastfeeding is best for your baby
- Keep your home smoke-free
- Spend time holding, loving and cuddling your baby
- Check to be sure your baby’s car seat is properly secured in the back seat
- Keep all your well-baby checkups
- For more information, check out these resources and talk with your healthcare provider
Safe Sleep Facts
- Putting your baby in a safe sleep environment helps reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- SIDS is the sudden death of a baby from unknown causes before the baby is one year old
- The exact cause of SIDS is not known, but there are some simple actions you can take to reduce the risk of SIDS
Safe Sleep Tips
- Place babies on their BACKS to sleep for naps and at night
- Make sure no one smokes in your home or around your baby
- Keep soft blankets, toys, bumper pads and pillows away from babies’ sleeping space
- Don’t wrap the baby with lots of blankets and clothes
- Don’t put the baby to sleep on soft surfaces such as a couch, pillow, waterbed, recliner, or beanbag chairs
- Share this information with everyone who cares for your baby
Sleeping near your baby is helpful for bonding, maintaining close contact and to aid in breastfeeding.
You may choose to place the crib next or close to your bed and/or to share your bed with your baby.
DO NOT sleep with your baby if you:
- smoke or drink alcohol
- take medications which could make you sleepy
- are very tired or do not wake up easily
- sleep on a soft surface like a waterbed or couch
- share your bed with other children or pets
- sleep in a bed that has a headboard, footboard, railings or is placed against a wall (instead, place a firm mattress on the floor to prevent the baby from becoming trapped or falling)
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