Are you practicing the ABCs of Safe Sleep? Does your #sweetdreamsteam (your support team) follow safe sleep practices every nap, every night, every time?
Too many babies die in unsafe sleep environments, and many of these deaths are preventable. Get your Sweet Dreams Team - the people you count on the help you with the baby - the baby’s dad, your mom, grandma, grandad, your sister, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, best friend- to help you. And be sure they all know and practice the ABCs of safe sleep.
To do so, remember the ABCs of safe sleep: Alone, Back, empty Crib.
Alone: two or three babies who died while sleeping were sharing an adult bed, couch or chair. 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.
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 breathe easier.
Crib: An empty crib, with a firm mattress and fitted sheet is safest. Bumper pads, pillows, blankets or stuffed animals should never be in the crib as they may cause babies to suffocate or strangle themselves.
Smoking is widely known to be a leading cause of preventable death of infants under the age of. Women who smoke during their pregnancy are more likely than those who don’t to have a baby born too small, too soon or to lose a baby to a sleep-related death. Once a baby is born, exposure to secondhand smoke increases the baby’s chances of a sleep-related death.
Remember, share the room, never the bed and be sure your #sweetdreamsteam always practices the ABCs of Safe Sleep.
Are you and your support team practicing the ABCs of safe sleep? Get your sweet dreams team on board to support you with the new baby.
Listen to former Ohio State Buckeye football great and NFL All Pro Pepper Johnson and his son former Buckeye Dionte Johnson on why they practice the ABCs of safe sleep.