Safe Sleep

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths are a leading cause of post-neonatal mortality in Northeast Florida. Inappropriate bedding, not on back to sleep and not in an infant bed were among the top risk factors associated with these deaths. Comprehensive awareness and informational campaigns have been credited with changing behavior and reducing sleep-related deaths.

The American Academy of Pediatrics first released recommendations on safe sleep practices in 1992. Read their latest recommendations, released November 2016, here

For information on crib recalls, visit the Consumer Protection Safety Commission’s Crib Information Center.

ALL BABIES NEED A SAFE PLACE TO SLEEP!

Tips:

  • Baby is on his⁄her back for naps & at night.
  • Baby is alone in bed. Baby’s sleep area is in the same room, next to where parents sleep.
  • There is no smoking near baby.
  • No pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, bumper pads or toys are in the crib with baby.
  • Baby is on a firm and flat  sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib. The sheet fits tightly.
  • Baby is dressed in light sleep clothing, such as a sleep sack/wearable blanket. Do not overbundle. Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head.

Resources for Physicians & Agencies

The Healthy Start Coalition has materials available for physicians and community agencies that would like to promote safe sleep. Please download and print the following or call/email Lynnea Maystrick at 904.723.5422 x 107  or lmaystrick@nefhsc.org for hard copies and other electronic copies:

Initiatives

The Coalition’s Safe Sleep Task Force meeting addresses the issues of babies dying from unsafe sleep practices and what the community can do to tackle the issue. If you’d like to join in on the discussion, contact lmaystrick@nefhsc.org.

Become a Cribs for Kids® Safe Sleep Ambassador by taking the online training and obtaining the resources, here.