We recurrently have infant deaths, luckily not frequently, locally and regionally, that are due to soft bedding and “stuff” in their cribs, as well as due to co-sleeping and Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUIDS/SIDS). Quite often parents don’t know about safer ways to put their babies to bed in their cribs. (And I heard something on the radio today, so it is back in the news).
So as a reminder (and please pass the information on to any new and expecting moms):
Safe Bedding Practices For Infants
• Place baby on his/her back on a firm tight-fitting mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards.
• Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys, and other soft products from the crib.
• Consider using a sleeper or other sleep clothing as an alternative to blankets, with no other covering.
• If using a blanket, put baby with feet at the foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby's chest.
• Make sure your baby's head remains uncovered during sleep.
• Do not place baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow, or other soft surface to sleep.