October-Safe Sleep

Always put a baby down on their back to sleep, even for naps!

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness month. SIDS is the unexplained death of a healthy baby who is one year or younger. Thousands of infants die from SIDS each year. A combination of factors can make your baby more vulnerable to SIDS. To reduce risk always place your baby on their back to sleep, at night and even for naps. Use a firm sleeping surface that only has a fitted sheet, no loose blankets or stuffed animals. Have your baby share a room with you, but not a bed. Babies should sleep alone in a crib or bassinet but in the same room as the caregiver. Never allow smoking around your baby.