SIDS Prevention Checklist
Posted: April 8, 2013
Having a safe sleeping environment for your baby is crucial in helping prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Here's a checklist to better ensure a safe night's sleep.
- 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.
- Make sure nothing covers your baby's head.
- Dress your baby in light sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper. Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
- Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
- Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night.
- Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you or with anyone else.
Other ways to help prevent SIDS include:
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Do not smoke or let anyone else smoke around your baby.
- Give your baby plenty of Tummy Time when he or she is awake and when someone is watching. Tummy Time helps your baby's head, neck and shoulder muscles get stronger and helps to prevent flat spots on the head.
For more health and safety tips, visit the Kids Health resource on Blank Children's Hospital's website.