Life Saving Tips
For infants under 12 months of age, follow these practices to prevent suffocation and keep your baby safe:
- First start with a crib which has a firm, tight-fitting mattress so a baby cannot get trapped between the mattress and the crib.
- Daycare.com suggests using StayPut Safety Crib Sheets on a child's bed mattress to prevent the danger of suffocation/strangulation. Free Crib Safety Packets are available.
- Be sure NOT to place the baby's crib under a window where cords from the blinds or drapes could entangle the baby's head and strangle.
- Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or mattress support.
- There should be no more than 2 3/8 inches (about the width of a soda can) between crib slats so a baby's body cannot fit through the slats and be sure there are no missing or cracked slats.
- Make sure there are no corner posts over 1/16th inch high so a baby's clothing cannot catch.
- Also, be sure there are no cutouts in the headboard or foot board so a baby's head cannot get trapped.
- When placing your baby in his/her crib be sure to place baby on his/her back.*
- Do not put place items such as pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like bumper pads or pillow-like stuffed toys in the crib. - Consider using a sleeper instead of a blanket.
- If using a blanket, be sure to place the baby with his/her feet to the foot of the crib and tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, covering baby only as high as his/her chest. Make sure your baby's head remains uncovered during sleep.
- Use ONLY a fitted bottom sheet specifically made for crib use.
- Do not place baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow, or other soft surface to sleep. Tips for mesh-sided cribs or play yards:
- Make sure mesh is less than 1/4 inch in size, smaller than the tiny buttons on a baby's clothing.
- Be sure the mesh has no tears, holes or loose threads that could entangle a baby.
- The mesh should be securely attached to top rail and floor plate.
- If staples are used make sure there are none missing, loose or exposed.
*Placing babies to sleep on their backs instead of their
stomachs has been associated with a dramatic decrease in deaths form Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies have been found dead on their stomachs
with their faces, noses, and mouths covered by soft bedding, such as pillows,
quilts, comforters and sheepskins. However, some babies have been found dead
with their heads covered by soft bedding even while sleeping on their backs.