Safe Sleep for Babies
The decline in sleep-related infant deaths has slowed since the late 1990s.
|Year||Deaths per 100,000 live births|
SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, 1999-2015.
Twenty-five percent of caregivers received incorrect advice on safe sleep practices from healthcare providers. Twenty percent of caregivers received no advice from healthcare providers. Caregivers who received correct advice (55%) were less likely to place their babies to sleep on their stomach or side.
SOURCE: Pediatrics, September 2017.
Unsafe sleep practices with babies are common.
|Not Placing Baby on Back to Sleep||Any Bed Sharing||Any Soft Bedding|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||21||77||55|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||20||84||36|
|Age of Mother (years)|
|19 or less||30||77||49|
SOURCE: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2015
4 Tips for Parents and Caregivers to Help Baby Sleep Safety
Place your baby on his or her back for all sleep times-naps and at night.
Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib.
Keep soft bedding such as blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and soft toys out of baby’s sleep area.
Have baby share your room, not your bed.
SOURCE: Pediatrics, October 2016; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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