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.

Too many babies die in unsafe sleep environments, and many of these deaths are preventable. To do so, remember the ABCs of SafeSleep:

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Alone Babies should always sleep alone and in an empty crib. Two out of three babies who died while sleeping were not sleeping alone and were on an adult bed, couch or chair. Share the room, not the bed. This helps to breastfeed and bond with your baby. 

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Back Babies should always sleep on their backs because they are less likely to choke than babies who sleep on their stomachs. Babies who sleep on their backs are also able to breath easier. 

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Crib An empty crib, with a firm mattress and fitted sheet is safest. Bumper pads, pillows, blankets or stuffed animals should not be in the crib as they may cause babies to suffocate or strangle themselves.