What Can We Do?
When it comes to selecting products for your baby, focus on safety!
Most products claim they are safe. Many are not!
Be wary of products that claim to help you and baby sleep. It is normal for babies to awaken during the night.
Slings and cloth carriers should only be used with extreme caution to avoid suffocation.
All products should be used following the manufactures instructions and labels.
Many infant products are recalled due to safety concerns. Although these products are no longer sold in retail stores, you may still find them second-hand. Infant injuries and deaths continue to occur in recalled products that are still in use in homes across the country. Check to see if a product you own has been recalled by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission Safe Sleep Website:
Follow These 8 Steps to keep your baby safe and Healthy*
1. Put your baby on their back to sleep until their first birthday.
2. A baby should sleep in the same room as an adult but in their own crib. Never put your baby to sleep on a couch, chair, waterbed or other soft space.
3. Don't put crib bumpers, blankets, pillows or toys in your baby's crib.
4. The only thing in baby's crib should be a firm mattress & fitted sheet.
5. Never put your baby to sleep in a crib made more than 10 years ago or that has missing or broken parts.
6. Don't make the room your baby sleeps in too hot. Dress your baby in no more than one more layer than you are wearing.
7. Always put your baby back in their crib after feeding.**
8. Keep your baby away from smoke, alcohol, marijuana, opioids and illicit drug use.
*Recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
**Human milk feeding has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.