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    Information for Parents and Caregivers

    Parents and Caregivers: Find out how.

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    Information for Childcare Providers

    Childcare Providers: You play a vital role in infant safe sleep.

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    Information for Healthcare Providers

    Healthcare Providers: Pivotal partners in safe sleep.

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    Statewide Safe Sleep Initiative

    Massachusetts takes steps to make sleep safer for infants.

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Babies depend on parents and caregivers to make sure they are safe when they sleep and protect them from harm. Yet, every year babies die in unsafe sleep environments. Creating a safe sleep environment by placing babies on their backs for sleep in close proximity to the parents, but on a separate, firm surface free of blankets and pillows, has been shown to reduce the number of infants who die in sleep. Several state agencies are available to assist, and educate, parents, childcare providers, doctors and nurses about safe sleep. This website provides details and information for parents/caregivers, healthcare providers, childcare providers and additional resources.

DPH Infant Safe Sleep Policy

In 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a department-wide internal policy for all of its child-serving programs to follow with regard to infant safe sleep environments. The policy was unanimously endorsed by the State Child Fatality Review Team and all of the other state child-serving agencies began incorporating the policy into their own practices. The DPH Infant Safe Sleep Policy  pdf format of DPH Infant Safe Sleep Policy
docx format of                             DPH Infant Safe Sleep Policy                is based upon the most recent American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep recommendations. It is not intended to be used as a handout for parents and caregivers, it is provided here to be used as a reference or model policy by professional providers.


Information for Parents and Caregivers


Information for Childcare Providers


Information for Healthcare Providers


Statewide Safe Sleep Initiative


Resources

For more information, please send your inquiries to SafeSleep@State.MA.US. Or, visit Safe to Sleep Website.


This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.