Acute Care

Sleep Dangers

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In a world full of new gadgets, devices, electronics, that boast making lives easier for parents and help babies sleep, do you ever stop and ask yourself, “Is this truly safe for my baby?”  In the United States, about 3,500 babies die in sleep related deaths each year due to unsafe sleep environments.  Some of these deaths are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) but some are due to accidental strangulation and suffocation. In June 2021, “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a new federal rule that will ensure products marketed or intended for infant sleep will provide a safe sleep environment for babies under 5 months old.” This safety standard starts mid-2022!

The American Academy of Pediatrics has always pushed for a safe infant sleep environment. Here are major points to decrease the risk of SIDS & suffocation:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep every single time.
    • Even babies with reflux should sleep on their back
  • Sleep surface should be flat and firm
    • Remove your baby from the car seat, stroller, infant carrier as soon as possible if she falls asleep and place on a firm flat sleeping surface.
  • Keep the sleep environment as bare as possible, which means no crib bumpers (even mesh ones), blankets, soft bedding, toys, etc.
  • Share your bedroom with your baby, but not the same bed, for the first year.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, for as long as you can.
  • Use a pacifier during sleep/naps for the first year of life. For those who are breastfeeding, wait until breastfeeding is established.
  • Do not use monitors or commercial devices (such as wedges, positioners, oxygen monitors) that are marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS
    • They have NOT been found to reduce the risk of SIDS and can give parents a false sense of security.
  • Make sure your baby goes to all the recommended well child checks and receive all immunizations on a timely basis.
  • Keep your baby away from smokers and smoking environments.
    • If you smoke, obtain help from your doctor to help you quit. In the meantime, make sure your car and home are smoke-free.
  • Avoid getting your baby too hot.
    • Generally, a maximum of once extra layer (such as a onesie), more than you would wear is recommended

Dangerous Sleep Products

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    Positioners are not recommended and are a suffocation risk.







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    Rock'N'Play Sleeper

    Fisher-Price Auto Rock 'n Play Sleeper | ThatSweetGift

    Babies need a FIRM and FLAT surface to sleep on.








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    Babocush Newborn Baby Comfort Cushion | eBayBack to sleep is the safest position for babies to sleep on.










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    Graco Pack'n'Play Newborn Napper

    Graco Pack 'n Play Newborn Napper Lx Playard | Playards & Portable Beds | Baby & Toys | Shop The ExchangeBassinet portion is fine but the napper does not provide the safe firm and flat surface for sleep.








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    Crescent Womb

    SPARK success stories: Crescent Womb's infant safety beds

    This product does not provide the safe firm and flat sleep surface to decrease SIDS risk.








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  4. Reduce the Risk of SIDS & Suffocation.
  5. How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained.
  6. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  7. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).