A is for Alone. Babies should sleep alone, in a separate space, every time they go to sleep (nap and bed time). Put a crib or bassinet in your bedroom, so your baby can be close to you, but still have his or her own safe place to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sharing a room with your baby for 6 months to a year, if possible, but NEVER share a bed.
B is for Back. It’s safest to put babies to sleep on their backs. If babies are laid down on their tummies or sides, it increases the risk of suffocation. Parents may wonder: “What if my baby spits up while she’s on her back?” The answer: Her gag reflex is strong enough to avoid choking. Research shows placing babies on their backs to sleep is the safest position.
C is for Crib. Babies should always sleep in an empty crib (or bassinet or pack-and-play). Your baby’s sleep space should be completely clear – remove loose blankets, bedding, crib bumpers, stuffed animals, toys, etc. Never fall asleep with your baby on the sofa or chair.
Nurture KC can help qualified families that do not currently have a crib (wooden or portable), obtain a Pack n’ Play® crib. Pregnant women in their third trimester or women with children 6 months of age or younger, who can prove they are financially eligible, will be referred to a partner agency.
Nurture KC puede ayudar a las familias calificadas que actualmente no tienen una cuna (de madera o portátil) , a obtener una cuna Pack n’ Play®. Las mujeres embarazadas en su tercer trimestre o las mujeres con hijos de 6 meses de edad o menores, que puedan probar que son elegibles financieramente, serán remitidas a una agencia asociada que lo programará para asistir a una clase de sueño seguro y determinar si recibirá un paquete n 'Play® cuna.
Dads today spend triple the amount of time caring for their children than dads did 50 years ago. Making sure dads with infants know how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death is more important than ever. Dads everywhere can keep baby safe during sleep.
Q: When my children were babies, I put them on their stomachs to sleep. Was that wrong?
A: No. You were following advice based on the evidence available at that time. Since then, research has shown that sleeping on the stomach increases the risk for SIDS. This research also shows that sleeping on the back carries the lowest risk of SIDS, and that’s why the recommendation is “back is best.”