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Safe Sleep


The best place for your baby to sleep is in her bassinet or crib, placed close to your bed. If you have multiples, put each baby in her own bassinet or crib.

With your baby close by, you can easily check on and feed him during the night. You can bring your baby into your bed to breastfeed or for soothing -
but put him back in his own bed before you fall asleep!

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Share the room, not the bed.
Always place your baby alone in a crib, bassinet, or play yard with a firm mattress. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in your room (within arm’s reach), but not in your bed. This way, you can easily breastfeed and bond with your baby. Never nap on a couch or chair while holding your baby and don’t lay your baby down on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, air mattresses, pillows, or cushions.
You should never share the bed with your baby because:

• You can roll too close to or onto your baby while she sleeps.
• Babies can get stuck between the mattress and the wall, headboard, footboard or other furniture.
• Your baby could fall off the bed and get hurt, or fall onto something on the floor and suffocate. 

Back is best for baby.
Always put your baby to sleep on his back. Healthy babies naturally swallow or cough up their spit up, so your baby will not choke if he’s on his back.
It’s also safer for your baby to wake up often during the night on his back. If your baby is sleeping on his tummy and needs to take a deep breath, it could be dangerous because:
• He may be unable to move his head.
• His mouth or nose may be blocked and he could suffocate, even in a bare crib.
• The air people breathe out is filled with carbon dioxide, or “bad air,” and your baby could keep breathing “bad air” and suffocate. 

Bare is Best.
Many parents believe their baby won’t be safe and warm without bumper pads, blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals, but these items can be deadly. Babies can suffocate on any extra item in the crib.
Place your baby to sleep in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet. Sleep clothing like fitted, appropriate-sized sleepers and sleep sacks, are safer for baby than blankets!
If you use a safety-approved crib, baby’s hand or foot won’t get caught. Many parents think baby will get hurt if they don’t use bumper pads, but this isn’t true because:

• Babies don’t have enough strength to hurt themselves.
• No babies have seriously hurt themselves by getting stuck between the crib railings.



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