Family FYI: Sleep Safe, Baby


While 89 percent of parents understand that putting babies to sleep on their backsbaby sleeping in a crib with a firm mattress and no pillows or toys is safest, 40 percent say they believe it is safe for babies to sleep in the same bed as someone else.

These statistics, from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health conducted last spring, have health professionals worried that many babies are still at risk. Even as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) deaths have declined in past decades, unexpected infant deaths from suffocation or smothering have increased. Around 12 babies die this way every day in the United States.

So remember …

• Put babies to sleep in their own space, with a firm mattress and tight-fitting sheet;

• Keep that space free of extras (pillows, fluffy blankets, toys, etc.); and

• Try not to fall asleep while holding your baby.