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Safety Tips for Sleeping Babies
Making Your Baby’s Bed Safe
Place Your Baby in a Safe Position
Avoid Sleep Surfaces That Are Too Soft
- Soft mattress
Make Sure the Crib Is Safe
- No missing or broken hardware, and slats no more than 2-3/8" apart
- No corner posts over 1/16" high
- No cutout designs in the headboard or footboard
- A firm, tight-fitting mattress
- A safety certification seal
Remove Soft Bedding
- Loose blankets or sheets—consider using a sleeper or other sleep clothing instead of blankets
- Bumper pads
- Stuffed toys
- Sleep positioners. They are unnecessary and pose a danger.
Make Sure the Mesh-Sided Crib or Play-Pen Is Safe
- Mesh less than 1/4 inch in size, smaller than the tiny buttons on a baby's clothing
- Mesh with no tears, holes, or loose threads that could entangle a baby
- Mesh that is securely attached to top rail and floor plate
- Top rail cover with no tears or holes
- If staples are used, make sure they are not missing, loose, or exposed
- Use the firm, tight-fitting mattress that came from the manufacturer
- Getting trapped between the mattress and another object.
- Getting trapped between the mattress and the wall.
- Getting trapped in headboard or footboard rails.
- Suffocation from soft items like clothing, blankets, pillows, and thick bedding.
- Suffocation from co-sleeping parent.
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association http://www.jpma.org
US Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Back to sleep, tummy to play. Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Back-to-Sleep-Tummy-to-Play.aspx Updated August 29, 2013. Accessed October 23, 2014.
Consumer Product Safety Commission. Crib safety tips. Consumer Product Safety Commission. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Kids-and-Babies/Cribs/Crib-Safety-Tips/. Accessed October 23, 2014.
CPSC cautions caregivers about hidden hazards for babies on adult beds. Consumer Product Safety Commission. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5091.pdf. Accessed October 23, 2014.
A Parent's Guide to Safe Sleep from the American Academy of Pediatrics. http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx. Updated June 20, 2014. Accessed October 23, 2014.
Rechtman L, Colvin J, et al. Pediatrics. 2014 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print]. Sofas and infant mortality. Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/10/08/peds.2014-1543.abstract. Accessed October 23, 2014.
Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. American Academy of Pediatrics Statement: The changing concept of sudden infant death syndrome: diagnostic coding shifts, controversies regarding the sleeping environment, and new variables to consider in reduction risk. Pediatrics. 2005;116:1245-1255. Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/116/5/1245. Accessed October 23, 2014.
10/5/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: US Food and Drug Administration. Infant sleep positioners: consumer warning—risk of suffocation. US Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm227575.htm. Accessed October 23, 2014.
11/14/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths: expansion of recommendations for a safe infant sleeping environment. Pediatrics. 2011;128(5):1030-1039.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2014
- Update Date: 10/23/2014