Did you know that unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children younger than 1? Safe Kids and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the following tips to help create a safe sleeping environment for newborns and infants:
- Always place infants on their backs to sleep, even for naps.
- Keep your baby’s sleeping area free of anything that may obstruct their airway and increase the risk of suffocation, such as loose bedding, blankets, quilts, stuffed animals and pillows. This includes other children and adults.
- Babies should sleep alone in their own safety-approved crib or bassinet. For information on crib safety standards, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
- Sharing your room is a safer option than having your baby sleep in bed with you.
- Do not allow your baby to sleep in sitting devices such as couches, chairs or even car seats.
- Keep your baby’s sleeping areas smoke free and at a comfortable temperature.
- Try not to be tempted to dress your baby in too many layers. Consider using a sleep sack to keep him snuggled comfortably without the risks associated with loose blankets.