Safe Sleep

Sleep related death is the third most common cause of death for infants in Michigan.

Most babies that die in a sleep environment, are sleeping in an unsafe setting such as in an adult bed, on a couch, cushion, arm chair or on the floor.

Ensure your baby has a safe sleep at NAP and NIGHT time by following these important steps EVERY sleep time.

The best way to prevent sleep-related infant deaths is to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety & SIDS Risk Reduction issued in 2011 which are:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for EVERY sleep time. 
  • Always use a firm crib mattress with a tight fitting crib sheet. Car seats, bouncers, and swings are not recommended for regular sleep. 
  • Your baby should sleep in the same room as you, but NOT in your bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing). 
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of your baby's crib. This includes pillows, blankets, bumper pads, stuffed toys and any clutter. 
  • Wedges and/or other items to prop/position your baby should not be used. 
  • If you are pregnant you should receive regular prenatal care. (For help call 517-887-4322) 
  • Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth. 
  • Breastfeeding is recommended. (Need Help? Call 517-887-4322) 
  • Offer your baby a pacifier at nap time AND night time. 
  • Avoid covering the infant’s head or overdressing this can cause overheating. 
  • Do not use home monitors or store bought devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS. 
  • Your infant should receive all recommended vaccinations. 
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to help your baby develop and become strong. Tummy time also helps lowers the occurrence of flat heads. 


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