6 Things to Know Before Putting Your Baby in a Crib
Did you know that the features of your baby's sleep area can affect her risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as suffocation? Reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death by creating a safe sleep environment for your baby.
- Always place your baby to sleep on his back, for naps and at night.
- Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. Try room sharing -- keeping your baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep.
- Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved* crib, covered by a fitted sheet. Safety-approved* portable play yards can also provide a safe sleep environment for your baby. When using a portable play yard, always place your baby to sleep on her back and keep toys, pillows, and blankets out of the play yard.
- Keep soft objects, toys, pillows, crib bumpers, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.
- Dress your baby in no more than one layer of clothing more than an adult would wear to be comfortable, and leave the blanket out of the crib. A one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket can be used for sleep clothing.
- Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
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