A newborn baby sleeping

by BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Bear River

For parents of a newborn, nothing is better than your little one soundly sleeping. However, unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children under age one. By following a few simple tips, you can create a safe sleeping environment for your baby.

  • Sharing a room with your baby is a safer option than having him or her sleep in a bed with you. Place their crib, playard mattress or bassinet in your room for convenient feeding and close contact. Helen Henson-Hale from Logan Regional Hospital and a member of Safe Kids Bear River said, “Co-sleeping with your baby increases their risk of being suffocated. It’s important to always return your baby to his or her own crib when you’re ready to go back to sleep. This provides a much safer sleeping environment.”
  • Most infant suffocation occurs in their sleeping environment. To avoid this, place your baby in a safe crib, bassinet or pack-n-play.
  • Lay  your  baby  on  his  or  her  back every  time they sleep.
  • We know stuffed animals, bumpers and all those cute accessories make a baby’s crib seem warm and cozy. Unfortunately, they can often do more harm than good. Soft bedding can block a baby’s airway during sleep. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all you need to help your baby sleep well.

For more information, visit www.safekids.org or call the Bear River Health Department at (435) 792-6510.