Safe Sleep

Share the Room, Never the Bed

The Importance of Safe Sleep

On average, one baby dies every other week in our community due to unsafe sleep practices. Sleep-related deaths are a leading cause of death for babies who are one month to one year and a major reason for Franklin County’s high infant mortality rate.

Baby sleeping in crib Too many babies die in unsafe sleep environments, and many of these deaths are preventable. To do so, remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep:

Babies should always sleep alone and in an empty crib.

Babies should always sleep on their backs.

An empty crib, with a firm mattress and fitted sheet is safest.

Safe Sleep Resources

The goal of safe sleep is to ensure that more babies reach their first birthday. In addition to the ABC’s of Safe Sleep, there are many resources available to help parent and caregivers as they navigate life with a newborn or infant. View our tips and educational materials to give you the tools to practice safe sleep every day, every time.

Sweet Dreams Team
Are you practicing the ABCs of Safe Sleep? Does your #sweetdreamsteam (your support team) follow safe sleep practices every nap, every night, every time? Download our Sweet Dreams Team playbook today for more helpful tips.