How First Responders can proactively reduce sleep related infant death.
Here are the recommended safe sleeping practices for your baby
Back to sleep for every sleep. Place baby to sleep on their back for each and every sleep.
Place babies to sleep on a firm surface. A crib, bassinet or portable crib/playpen with a firm mattress with a tight fitting crib sheet is recommended.
Keep your baby’s sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep. Room sharing without bed-sharing is recommended.
Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation. Soft objects, such as pillows and toys, blankets, and bumper pads should be kept out of a baby’s sleeping environment.
Breastfeeding is recommended, as it is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS. Be careful about breastfeeding in bed or any situation where you may fall asleep with your baby while breastfeeding.
Always place the baby back in his or her crib or bassinet once breast feeding is done.
Regulate temperatures never allowing your babies to get overheated. Heavy blankets and warm rooms are NOT recommended for babies as each might lead to the overheating of the baby. The area where the baby sleeps should be well-ventilated at a temperature that is comfortable to a lightly clothed adult.
Supervised, awake “tummy time” is recommended. Although babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs for naps and at night, supervised, awake “tummy time” is recommended on a daily basis.
Offer a clean, dry pacifier to baby each time they are put to sleep. Moms who are breast feeding should wait until breast feeding is well establiished (usually one month of age) prior to introducing pacifier.