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Do you know where your baby is sleeping? Is it safe?

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  • Keep your baby’s crib in the same room where you sleep, and use a flat and firm sleeping surface with no loose or soft objects including bumper pads.
  • No drop-side cribs, check for recalls, and frequently check the hardware on your crib is still tight and in place.
  • When your baby falls asleep in a car seat, swing, or other location, move them to their crib (or firm sleeping space).

Giving your baby a safe place to sleep is very important to keep them safe, since babies spend most of their time sleeping when young. The crib needs to have a firm, flat sleeping space with a tight sheet made for that product over the mattress. There should be no soft or loose objects in the crib like pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or bumper pads. Your baby should be the only thing in the crib. Keeping your baby’s crib in the room where you sleep is recommended for the first year. This helps you know if something is wrong. Do not bring the baby into your bed except to feed and comfort; if it’s bedtime, put your baby back in their crib. Swaddling your baby is fine, but the baby should be on their back and the swaddle should not be too tight.

To find more information, check out:

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2011). New Crib Standards: What Parents Need to Know. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from New Crib Standards: What Parents Need to Know

Moon, R. (2016). How To Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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