Sudden unexpected infant death is the leading cause of death occurring among infants 1-12 months in Colorado*. Providing a safe sleep environment for a baby is one of the first things you can do to protect and nurture a child. October is Safe Sleep and SIDS Awareness Month, it’s important for parents and caregivers to have the information and resources that can help them make the best decision when it comes to safe sleep.
INFANTS SHOULD BE:
sleeping Alone on their Backs and in a Crib
SAFE SLEEP TIPS
- The only things that should be present in a crib are a firm mattress, a fitted sheet, and a sleeping baby. Bumpers, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, bibs, and clip-on pacifiers are unsafe for sleep and not allowed in the crib.
- Infants need tummy time to strengthen their neck muscles. Always supervise infants during tummy time.
- If an infant falls asleep anywhere except in a crib, they must immediately be placed on their back in a crib.
- Instead of sleeping in blankets, infants should sleep in sleep sacks that do not confine their arms. Swaddling and alternative sleep positions are only allowed if a child’s physician signs an alternative health plan.
- Keep rooms at a temperature comfortable for a lightly clothed adult. Check infants to ensure they are not overheated or sweaty.
Colorado has some great resources for child care providers and keeping infants safe while in your care.
And don’t forget to share these important messages with your families!
Thank you for helping us keep infants safe in Colorado.
*Citation: Vital Statistics Program, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Prepared by the Child Fatality Prevention System, 2014-2018.