Babies NEED to sleep on their backs, not their stomachs
Safe Sleep Campaign
"On average, at least one child dies each week in Indiana as a result of bed sharing or sleeping in an unsafe environment. Even as media outlets across the state feature stories of the dangers of unsafe sleep practices, well meaning parents inadvertently continue to put their infants in dangerous, sometimes fatal situations"
If you still want to stay close to your child, have your infant sleep in his/her crib or on a separate sleep surface that is appropriate for your child in your room. There are a number of resources where cribs can be accessed for families in need:
Never sleep with your baby. If your baby falls asleep in your arms, enjoy the sleeping baby and stay awake! If you become sleepy, place the baby in his/her crib or some other safe, firm sleeping surface on their back. Remember when putting you baby down, the following items can suffocate your baby:
- Soft beds
- Parent's Guide to Safe Sleep
- Cosleeping and Your Baby, Kids Health
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Kids Health
Safe Sleep for Babies, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (12-minute video)
Safe Sleep for Babies, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (poster)
AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction, American Academy of Pediatrics
Reduce the Risk of SIDS, American Academy of Pediatrics
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Remember: Put Your Baby to Bed Alone
If you have any comments or questions about Safe Sleep and/or the Safe Sleep Campaign, please email Communication@dcs.IN.gov.