Tragically, approximately 50 infants in Colorado die unexpectedly each year while they sleep. Most of these sleep-related infant deaths are preventable. The good news is there are simple steps you can take to protect your baby.
One of the main causes of SUID is accidental suffocation while a baby is sleeping in an unsafe environment. October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month – a great reason to review these important tips and confirm that you have created a safe sleep environment for your baby:
1.Include only a firm crib mattress, a fitted crib sheet and your baby in the sleep space.
2.Use a sleep sack to keep your baby warm, loose blankets make a sleep environment unsafe.
3.Do not use crib bumpers, stuffed animals, clip-on pacifiers or mobiles.
4.Maintain a room temperature that would be comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
5.Share your room with your baby in his or her own bassinet or crib, not your bed.
6.Avoid exposure to second- and third-hand smoke in your home and around your baby.
Now that you have the perfect safe sleep environment set up, be sure to always put your baby “back to sleep,” which means your baby should be placed on his or her back for every nap and every nighttime sleep. You should also talk to your child care provider or caregiver and ensure they have also created a safe sleep environment for your baby while he or she is away from you. Visit the Colorado Shines website for more tips on how to practice safe sleep at home and away: https://www.coloradoshines.com/families?p=safesleep
Safe Sleep Photo Contest
During Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month, we are promoting the practice of creating safe sleep spaces with a social media photo contest. Snap a photo of your baby’s safe sleep environment and enter the Safe Sleep Awareness Month photo contest for your chance to win the honor of selecting a nonprofit organization to receive up to $1,000 in grant funds to support families and prevent child maltreatment. Learn more at https://co4kids.org/SafeSleepContest