Long live dreams!
We all want to see babies grow up to live the dreams we have for them. Find out about safe sleep — it’s one way to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID), commonly known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Why Is Safe Sleep Important?
Safe sleep can save a baby’s life.
In Delaware, about one infant dies every month from unsafe sleep conditions. When it comes to babies, parents can feel they don’t have much control. But one thing parents and caregivers can control is safe sleep.
Safe Sleep Rules
Safe sleep can be simple! Follow these rules to make sure babies are sleeping safely.
Babies should sleep:
- Babies should always sleep alone and never in a bed with anyone else, not even for naps.
- It is not safe for babies to sleep on a parent’s chest.
On their back.
- Babies should sleep on their back, even for naps.
In an empty crib.
- Nothing else should be in the crib — no pillows, quilts, blankets. Wedges and bumper pads should not be used.
- Use a fitted sheet that’s made to fit the crib’s mattress.
- Dress the baby in a one-piece sleeper or sleep sack.
Need tips on safe sleep?
Baby’s Safe Sleep Space
Right from the start, it is important for babies to have a safe place to sleep. Looking for tips on how to prepare a baby’s safe sleep area?
- Make sure the baby’s bassinet or crib is approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Follow the directions carefully when assembling.
- Use a firm infant mattress with a fitted sheet.
- No more than two fingers of space should be between the mattress and the side of the crib.
- A soda can should not be able to fit through the crib slats.
Have questions about safe sleep?
If you have any questions about safe sleep, be sure to talk to your child’s pediatrician.
Below are resources and outside services that can help.
Cribs for Kids
The Cribs for Kids® program provides both education on safe-sleep practices as well as a safe crib for those in need.
Safe to Sleep
Link to the National Institute of Health’s Safe to Sleep page, which offers safe infant sleep basics, resources, research, activities, and more.
American Academy of Pediatrics
A complete list of all American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.