Safe Sleep for Infants
Each year in the United States, more than 3,500 infant deaths occur due to accidental or undetermined causes during sleep, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), illnesses, suffocation or trauma. The CDC refers to all unexplained deaths as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).
In an effort to reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow the following safe sleep environment recommendations:
- Use a firm sleep surface, such as a safety-approved crib, playard, or bassinet, covered by a fitted sheet
- Place baby on their back to sleep at naps and nighttime
- Remove blankets, pillows, toys, and crib bumpers from the sleeping area
- Do not allow the baby to sleep in an adult bed, couch, or chair
- Maintain regular healthcare during pregnancy
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby after birth
- Give your baby a pacifier during the first 6 months (no attached strings or other attachments)
- Don’t over dress child
- Maintain regular healthcare for your baby, including vaccines
- Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related cases of infant death
- Sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be utilized for routine sleep
- Breastfeed your baby
- Follow health care provider guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups.
Cribs for Kids
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a Cribs for Kids community based partner providing safe sleep education to at-risk families. If you have identified a parent in need of a Pack ‘n Play, please complete all sections of the referral form below.
Parent must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be considered financially in need.
- Does not currently own a crib, bassinet, or playard.
- Expecting mother must be in the third trimester of pregnancy.
- Infant must be less than 6 months of age and weigh under 20 lbs.
- Parent must participate in a 1 hour Safe Sleep training to receive a free Pack ‘n Play.
For additional information and education on safe sleep please visit:
- National Institute of Health Safe to Sleep Campaign
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- HALO SleepSacks
- Cribs for Kids
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Arizona Department of Health Services
For additional questions about Safe Sleep, contact Phoenix Children’s Center for Family Health and Safety at (602) 933-3393 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.