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Advice on how to put my baby to sleep safely.

Infants spend more than 14 hours a day sleeping – and sometimes more! While sleep is an important part of an infant’s development, it can also be a dangerous time if certain guidelines aren’t followed. Make sure to follow the ABC’s of safe sleep:

  1. Alone. Infants should always sleep alone. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns babies should never go sleep with anyone or practice co-sleeping, as this raises the risk for suffocation and other hazards that contribute to SIDS. Alone also means the crib should be empty of toys, stuffed animals, or blankets. Instead, dress your baby in light sleep clothes or use a blanket sleep (but not a blanket) for extra warmth.
  2. Backs. Infants should always sleep on their backs on a firm surface with a tight fitting bottom sheet. Soft surfaces like cushy mattresses or sofas are not safe places for baby to sleep.
  3. Cool Crib. The safest place for a baby is in a crib – not a bed or sofa. A crib should be free and clear of toys, stuffed animals, bumper pads and blankets, and toys. The room should be cool – ideally around 70 degrees.

For more information about safe sleep habits can be found in the safe sleep toolkit

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