Safe Sleep and Your Baby

Safe Sleep and Your Baby - Englishby SafeKids Austin & Travis County Medical Examiner

It’s as easy as A, B, C.

Your baby should sleep Alone, on its Back, in a Crib with the Dangers Eliminated

  • no pillows
  • no blankets
  • no bumper pads
  • no toys
  • no clutter
  • no cords
  • no smoking

Giving your baby a safe place to sleep could save their life. From 2009 to 2010, more than 300 Texas babies under the age of one died due to not having a safe place to sleep.

Your Decisions Can Change Your Child’s Life.

Safe Sleep Checklist

  • Always place babies to sleep on their backs. Side and tummy positions are not safe unless recommended by a physician.
  • Put your baby to sleep in an empty safety-approved crib, bassinet, or pack-and-play. The mattress should be firm and fit snuggly in the crib. Cover the mattress with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Babies should have their own sleep space, near a parent or caregiver’s bed in order to keep them safe and make breastfeeding easier. This is called room sharing. Bed sharing is not safe for babies.
  • Falling asleep with a baby in bed, or on a couch, arm chair, or futon is dangerous.
  • Do not put anything soft, loose, or fluffy in a baby’s sleep area. This includes pillows, blankets, comforters, crib bumpers, toys, or other soft items.
  • Educate everyone who cares for your baby on how to put your baby safely to sleep.