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A Safe Sleep Environment Can Save a Child's Life


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related causes of infant death are devastating to families but Photo of a baby in a crib.the risk can be greatly reduced by taking some important precautions:

  • Use a firm sleep surface such as a mattress in a safety approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Don't use pillows, blankets, sheepskins, or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby’s sleep area.
  • Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around your baby.
  • Make sure nothing covers your baby’s head.
  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
  • Dress your baby in light sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper, and do not use a blanket.
  • Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.

For more information on crib safety, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or www.cpsc.gov.

For more information about SIDS and the Safe to Sleep® campaign:

  • Mail: 31 Center Drive, 31/2A32, Bethesda, MD 20892-2425
  • Phone: 1-800-505-CRIB (2742)
  • Fax: 1-866-760-5947
  • Website: www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS

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