The most important thing to know about your baby’s sleep is that babies sleep safest on their backs. Baby’s sleep surface and environment also matter. Safe sleep practices include keeping blankets, pillows, bumper pads and soft toys out of the crib and making sure that the mattress is tight fitting and covered with a fitted sheet. The Interactive Safe Sleep Environment Tool and Safe Sleep Environment tip sheet offer great tips to ensure your baby’s room is safe. In Allegheny County, you can participate in the Cribs for Kids program by talking to your nurse about Safe Sleep when you deliver.
Cribs for Kids was founded 20 years ago, to prevent infant sleep-related deaths. Now, Cribs for Kids provides education through the Safe Sleep Academy, as well as resources and free portable cribs to those who otherwise would not have a safe place for their baby to sleep.