Safe Infant Sleep
FDOH Walton County Healthy Start
362 State Hwy 83
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
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- Suffocation and strangulation in an adult bed is the leading cause of injury-related death for Florida infants under age 1.
- The risk of sleeping-related infant death is 40 times higher for babies who sleep in adult beds compared to babies who sleep in their own cribs.
- The crib should be undamaged and meet current Consumer Product Safety guidelines www.cpsc.gov
- The crib mattress should fit tightly in its frame and have a snug fitted sheet.
- If a blanket is needed, babies should be placed with their feet near the foot of the crib and covered from the chest down with a thin blanket that is then tucked around the sides and bottom of the mattress to avoid covering the baby’s head.
- No other objects should be placed in the crib.
- Offering a pacifier has also been linked to a decreased risk of SIDS -- for breastfed infants, delay pacifier introduction until 1 month of age to ensure breastfeeding is firmly established.