Education


To prevent sleep-realted deaths due to unsafe sleeping environments, Cribs for Kids®, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission recommend that infants sleep alone on their backs on a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib with no soft bedding, comforters, or stuffed animals; no exposure to cigarette smoke; and with a room temperature that is comfortable to adults.

Your baby’s crib should have:

  • Railings that are not more than 2⅜ inches apart. (You should not be able to fit a soda can through them.) 
  • A firm mattress that fits snugly in the frame.
  • A fitted sheet that is tight around the mattress.
  • No quilts, comforters, duvets, heavy blankets, stuffed animals, bumper pads, sheepskins, etc. These items can obstruct the baby’s breathing. 
    A Halo SleepSack is recommended.

This is a sample of the type of crib we offer.  Style and size may vary depending on product availability

More than 4,500 sudden unexpected infant deaths occur each year.  Research shows that up to 90% of these deaths are the result of placing babies to sleep in unsafe sleep environments.  THESE DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE.

Bedsharing, the act of bringing an infant into a sleep environment with adults or other children,  puts the baby in danger or being suffocated – either by being smothered in the bedding or being accidentally rolled over by a sleeping companion (overlay).  Cribs for Kids® and The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that infants roomshare, sleep in a separate but proximate location in the same room as the caregiver.

A BABY WHO BEDSHARES IS AT 40 TIMES GREATER RISK OF DYING.

For more information about safe sleep, download the free brochures below.  Use them to educate yourself and anyone who provides care to your baby.  If you would like to discuss this issue further or have any questions, click <HERE> to visit our ‘Ask the Pediatrician’ page.

 

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