In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics expanded its recommendations for safe sleep practices for infants less than 12 months of age.
- Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
- Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
- The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing). Place the baby’s crib or bassinet near your bed (within arm’s reach). This makes it easier to breastfeed and to bond with your baby.
- Keep toys, soft objects, and loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
- Wedges and positioners should not be used.
- Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
- Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
- Breastfeeding is recommended.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
- Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
- Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
- Be sure to talk with everyone who cares for your baby about safe sleep practices.
Source: A Parent's Guide to Safe Sleep (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics, Revised 4/2012)
Make sleep time a safe time!
Learn more about the American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep recommendations and read the Parent's Guide To Safe Sleep.
For more safety tips for infants and young children can be found in the Injury Prevention for Children section.