Last year, dozens of Oklahoma families experienced the tragic and untimely death of an infant or toddler due to unsafe sleeping practices.
What you can do:
- Be aware of smothering dangers. Babies can smother next to or under a pillow, stuffed animal, bumper pad, quilt, sheep skin, duvet or comforter. Babies can roll off or become wedged in an adult bed, futon, sofa, chair or recliner. An adult, child or pet can accidentally roll over on a baby when sleeping together.
- Babies should sleep in a one-piece sleeper on their backs in a crib with a tight-fitting mattress and only a light blanket, if necessary.
- Make sure your baby’s crib meets the new safety standards from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (Link opens in new window). These standards prohibit drop-down sides and require anti-loosening devices for crib hardware, improved slat strength, and improved mattress support durability.
- To feed or comfort a baby in an adult bed, ensure adults are not overly tired, have not been smoking or drinking, or on medication. Place the baby back in her crib when the adults are ready to sleep.
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