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How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe

Although SIDS rates have declined by >50% in the USA since the early 1990s, SIDS remains the leading cause of postneonatal (28 days to 1 year of age) mortality.

Here are a few recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for a safer sleep environment that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths.

· Until their first birthday, babies should sleep on their backs for all sleep times—for naps and at night.

· Room share - keep baby in the same room where you sleep for the first 6 months or, ideally, for the first year. According the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) this can decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50% and is much safer than bed sharing.

· Only bring your baby into your bed to feed or comfort. Place your baby back in his or her own sleep space when you feel like you might be falling asleep.

· Never place your baby to sleep on a couch, sofa, or armchair. This is an extremely dangerous place for your baby to sleep.

· Bed-sharing is not recommended for any babies.

· Your baby’s sleep area should consist only of a firm mattress and tight-fitting sheet. Avoid pillows, comforters, blankets, toys, bumpers or similar products. To ensure your baby is warm, you can use a wearable blanket, such as our Cocoon Swaddle or Sheeting Sleeping Bag. In general, your baby should be dressed in only one layer more than you are wearing. Refer to our what-to-wear guide for more information.

· It is good to swaddle your baby. However, make sure that the baby is always on his or her back when swaddled. The swaddle should not be too tight or make it hard for the baby to breathe or move his or her hips. When your baby looks like he or she is trying to roll over, you should stop swaddling.

· Breastfed babies have a lower risk of SIDS. Breastfeed or feed your baby expressed breast milk. The AAP recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months. Even after you add solid foods to your baby's diet, continue breastfeeding for at least 12 months, or longer if you and your baby desire.

· Schedule and go to all baby clinic visits. Your baby will receive important heath checks and immunizations at these visits.

· Make sure your baby has tummy time every day. Awake tummy time should be supervised by an awake adult. This helps with baby's motor development and prevents flat head syndrome.



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