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Safe Sleep Environment
There are Safe Sleep Guidelines all parents should learn.
- Babies sleep safest on their backs. Always lay baby face up for sleep. Research has shown that a baby is NOT more likely to choke when on its back.
- Baby should sleep alone in a safe crib.
- Soft objects and loose bedding should be kept out of crib. (No bumper pads, pillows, blankets, toys, etc.)
- Room-sharing is advised, but bed-sharing is not. Baby should never share any sleep surface with an adult, a child, or a pet.
- Sleep surfaces matter – firm crib mattresses with no extra padding are safest. Couches, chairs, swings, car seats, air mattresses, and regular beds are not safe.
- Every sleep time counts – naps and night time.
- Keep baby away from secondhand smoke – there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.
- Offer a pacifier at naptime and bedtime as baby is falling asleep after breastfeeding is well-established at 3-4 weeks of age.
- Dress baby in light sleep clothing to prevent overheating. If home is cool, use a sleep-sack rather than a loose blanket.
- Baby should never be put to sleep on his or her tummy or side. However, as baby gets older and rolls over in sleep from back to tummy, it is not necessary to change his or her position.
- Products that claim to help prevent SIDS are unproven and can be dangerous. Don’t buy or use them.
Get all the facts from the South Dakota Department of Health For Baby’s Sake website. Share them with family, day care providers, and anyone who cares for your baby.
Cribs for Kids Program
The South Dakota Department of Health partners with the national Cribs for Kids program to provide safe sleep environments for infants of families in need.
Eligible families receive a free pack n’ play, crib sheet, infant sleep sack, and one-on-one education.
You may be eligible if…
- you are caring for an infant less than 1 year of age;
- the infant does not have a safe place to sleep such as a crib (purchased after 2011 with a firm, well-fitting mattress), portable crib, or bassinet; and
- there is a financial need. Participants of WIC, Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, Fuel Assistance, TANF, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are likely eligible.
If you answered yes to all of the above, call the nearest SD Department of Health Office and ask about the Cribs for Kids program.
This post was last updated on October 4th, 2021 at 5:04 PM
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