Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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A Safe Sleeping Environment

What does a safe sleep environment look like?
  • Remember to have supervised tummy time when baby’s awake.

  • Put baby on his/her back to sleep.

  • Remove pillows, blankets, stuffed toys and other soft objects from the crib. Don’t use devices to prop baby on side.

  • Consider using a “blanket sleeper” instead of blankets.

  • Use a firm mattress covered with a fitted sheet in a safety-approved crib.

  • Consider offering a pacifier once breastfeeding is established.

  • Baby should have a separate sleeping place in the parent’s room.

  • Create a smoke-free zone around baby

  • Avoid overheating; baby shouldn’t be sweating or hot to the touch.

  • There shouldn’t be more than a soda can’s width between bars.

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For More Information Contact:
Tina Goodwin, RN
Perinatal, Child and Adolescent Health
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026

Phone: (402) 471-0165
Fax: (402) 471-7049

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