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According to First Candle, a national nonprofit organization, at least 50 percent of all sudden infant deaths could be prevented by placing babies to sleep in a safe environment.
BEDTIME BASICS FOR BABIES
Here are some important tips to protect your baby from SIDS, suffocation and accidents during sleep:
• Always place your baby to sleep on her back!
• The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a sheet.
• Remove all soft and fluffy bedding and other items from the sleep area. This includes blankets, pillows, bumper pads, positioners and stuffed animals.
• Adult beds can be dangerous for sleeping babies. Bring your baby into bed to breastfeed and bond, but when it is time to go to sleep, place your baby in her own separate space alongside your bed for at least the first six months.
• Use a wearable blanket or other type sleeper instead of blankets to keep your baby warm and safe.
• Never fall asleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair.
• Make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep when visiting or traveling.
For more information, call 800-221-7437 or visit www.firstcandle.org.