October is SIDS Awareness Month. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the #1 cause of death for healthy infants under the age of 1 in Canada. To help reduce the risks of SIDS The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Canadian Paediatric Society recommend practicing the
ABC’s of Safe Sleep.
Babies should sleep Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib.
Moms, dads and caregivers need to speak together on the main steps to reduce the likelihood of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths:
- The safest position for your infant is on their backs and they should be placed like that, every time.
- Choose to room share rather than share a bed with your baby. The safest place for your baby is alone in their crib or bassinette.
- Practice crib hygiene. You should be using a certified standard crib with firm mattress and fitted crib sheet. Take out the stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, and bumper pads.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or after your baby is born.
- Communicate with all those caring for your child so that everyone knows about safe sleep practices.
At Good Night Sleep Site we want happy, healthy, and safe sleep for everyone.
Alanna McGinn is a Certified Sleep Consultant and Founder of Good Night Sleep Site – a Global Pediatric and Family Sleep Team. She provides free child and family sleep support through her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She invites you to join her sleep community as she works towards Good Night Sleep Site’s mission of a healthier rested family unit. For more sleep tips please visit Good Night Sleep Site. Join our movement and #BringBackBedtime.
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