Health Services – Safe Sleep
Cribs for Kids offers educational materials to promote healthy sleep for infants. We also have low-cost cribs for low-income Carroll County residents.
Safe Sleep Tips for Infants
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be put to sleep on their backs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Other recommendations to prevent sleep-related infant deaths include:
• Breastfeeding is recommended and can reduce the risk of SIDS.
• Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
• Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.
• Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
• Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
• The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
• Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
• Wedges and positioners should not be used.
• Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
• Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
• Offer a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.
• Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
• Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
• Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to help babies develop and to reduce the risk of positional plagiocephaly (flat head).