By Ready. Set. Grow!
Cribs that have drop-down sides can no longer be manufactured or sold because of new federal rules that take effect today. The Consumer Product Safety Commission outlawed cribs with the mechanism, finding that at least 32 infants have died since 2000 because they got caught in the gaps that can form between the side of the crib and the mattress.
- Your baby should always sleep on his or her back for naps and at night. The back sleep position is the safest. There is no increased risk of choking on vomit. Make sure anyone who takes care of your baby knows this.
- Keep your baby’s sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep. Your baby should not sleep in a bed or on a couch or chair with adults or other children. If you bring the baby to bed with you to breastfeed, return him or her to a separate sleep area – crib, bassinet or cradle.
- Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib mattress covered by a fitted sheet. Never place your baby to sleep on a couch or on pillows, quilts, sheepskins or other soft surfaces.
- Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. Don’t use pillows, blankets, quilts or pillow-like bumpers in a baby’s sleep area, and keep soft items away from the baby’s face.
- Never allow smoking around your baby. Don’t smoke before or after the birth of your baby, and don’t let others smoke around your baby.
- Never let your baby get overheated. Dress your baby in light sleep clothing and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you. If needed, natural fiber blankets are best.
- Don’t use products just because they claim to prevent SIDS. No baby monitor or other device can prevent SIDS. If you have questions about the use of monitors for other conditions, talk to your health care provider.
- Provide “tummy time” by placing your baby on his or her stomach when your infant is awake and someone is watching. This reduces the possibility that flat spots will develop on a baby’s head and helps develop neck and stomach muscles.
- Be careful about breastfeeding in bed or in any situation where you may fall asleep with your baby while breastfeeding. Never take prescription medicine, drugs, or alcohol that might make you drowsy or impair your judgment when breastfeeding and always put your baby back in his or her own crib or bassinet before you fall asleep.
REMEMBER to share this information with everyone who cares for your baby including grandparents and other family members, friends and child care providers. Babies need to be kept safe at all times, even while they sleep! For more information about safe sleep practices for babies, talk to your baby’s doctor or call 1-888-First5LA (888-347-7855).
The information was brought to you by First 5 LA, which Ready. Set. Grow! is a part of, along with the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN), the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Programs.