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ABC's of Safe Sleep


A. Alone: Baby should sleep alone without blankets, toys, stuffed animals or pillows.
B. Back: Place Baby to sleep on his/her back for all sleep.
C. Crib: Cribs or bassinets are the safest places for for babies to sleep. Making Sure Your Crib is Safe!

  • Public Health Nurses work with families to educate them on safe sleep practices.
Recommendations on Safe Sleep from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
  • Room-sharing without bed-sharing is recommended.
  • Place baby on their backs for every sleep.
  • Cribs should have firm, fitted mattress. No soft bedding or other objects.
  • Prenatal Care for pregnant women is important.
  • Avoid smoking during pregnancy and around your baby after birth.
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Breastfeed is recommended.
  • Consider pacifier use at bedtime and naps.
  • Avoid overheating.
  • Do not use commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Immunize and obtain regular well-child visits.
Safe Sleep Resources:


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