For the month of September, join the Kellogg Family Foundation in observing Infant Safe Sleep. LACASA and the Livingston County Department of Public Health are working together to raise awareness among Michiganders about important practices for infant safe sleep.
Safe sleep steps recommended by the Department of Public Health can be found on the Michigan Department of Human Services website and include the following:
- Baby should sleep alone in a crib, portable crib or bassinet
- Always put baby on its back to sleep even when he/she can roll over
- No pillows, blankets, comforters, stuffed animals, or other soft things (including bumper pads) should be in the sleep area
- Keep baby’s face uncovered during sleep for easy breathing
- Use a sleeper (or sleep sack) instead of a blanket
- Don’t allow anyone to smoke around the baby
- Don’t overheat the baby; dress the baby in as much or as little clothing as you are wearing
- Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet
- Place baby in the same sleep position every time
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about one in five deaths due to sudden infant death syndrome occur while an infant is in the care of someone other than a parent. For that reason, parents are urged not only to engage in safe sleep practices at home, but to share that information with everyone who cares for their baby.
In addition, it’s important for parents to understand how dangerous other sleeping situations can be. The Department of Human Services offers these warnings:
- Babies are NOT safe sleeping on a couch, pillow or anything soft
- Babies are NOT safe sleeping with other children, adults or pets
- Babies are NOT safe sleeping in adult beds; if you feed your baby in bed, put your baby back into his/her crib to sleep
The safest place for you baby to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed.
Remember the ABC's of Safe Sleep:
A: Baby Should Be Alone
B: On their Back
C: In their own Crib
To learn more about Safe Sleep Month and what you can do to observe it, visit LACASA’s page on Infant Safe Sleep Month. There will also be safe sleep displays up at various locations including LESA in Howell.