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Creating Safe Sleep Habits (and Habitats) for Infants


Is Your Baby at Risk?

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is every new parent’s worst nightmare. While the odds of occurrence are relatively low, there’s no way to prevent SIDS entirely. However, there are many safe habits you can do to considerably lower your baby’s risk.

Check out these 10 tips to reduce your infant’s risk of SIDS:

  1. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of SIDS by 50%, compared to bottle-feeding.
  2. Always place baby on his/her back to sleep.
  3. Baby's bed should not contain stuffed animals, toys, comforters, quilts, fluffy or heavy blankets, sheepskins, pillows, bumper pads, burp cloths or anything that could cover baby's mouth or nose.
  4. The space between the crib bars should be no more than 2” apart (no wider than a soft drink can).
  5. Avoid tying balloons to the crib or bassinet.
  6. Overheating is a risk factor for SIDS: keep baby’s room temperature between 68-75 degrees. Dress baby in lightweight layers for sleep. A onesie or t-shirt with a sleeper should keep baby warm and comfortable; no hats or hooded pajamas.
  7. Use only a lightweight blanket to cover baby from armpits down. Tuck the blanket into the sides and foot of the crib or bassinet.
  8. Do not use positioners, wedges, blanket rolls or pillows to prop baby on side.
  9. A ceiling fan to circulate air in baby's room reduces the risk of SIDS.
  10. Avoid smoking around your baby. A baby’s risk factor for SIDS increases if his/her mother smoked while pregnant. Secondhand smoke around an infant also increases a baby’s risk.
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