What does a safe sleep environment look like?

What does a safe sleep environment look like?

You can reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS  and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Here are some tips for safe sleep:

  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved* crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved* crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Do not use pillows, blankets, sheepskins or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby’s sleep area.
  • Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around your baby.
  • Make sure nothing covers your baby’s head during sleep.
  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
  • Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper, and do not use a blanket.
  • Baby’s sleep area is next to where parents sleep.
  • Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • During play time, allow your baby supervised tummy time to strengthen muscles.

*For more information on crib safety guidelines, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or www.cpsc.gov.

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