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Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies
Safe sleep is simple. The only place a baby should sleep is in a crib or bassinet.
- Suffocation and strangulation in an adult bed or other unsafe sleeping surface is the leading cause of injury-related death for West Virginia infants in the first year of life.
- Babies who sleep in an adult bed are 40 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation than those who sleep in their own cribs or bassinets.
- Accidental suffocation and strangulation is the third-leading cause of death for infants in the United States. Putting your baby to sleep on his or her back every time will help reduce the risk of death from accidental suffocation and strangulation.
Safe Sleep Checklist
- Baby always sleeps alone on his or her back in a crib or bassinet nearby.
- Baby always sleeps in a smoke and vape-free space.
- Dress your baby in light sleep clothing and keep the room at comfortable temperature.
- Crib is clear of toys, heavy or loose blankets, bumper pads & pillows
- Baby’s mattress is firm and fits close to the sides.
- The crib is in good shape and meets Consumer Product Safety guidelines.
- It’s safest for baby to sleep in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed.
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to complete a 2 hour webinar on Safe Sleep.
This program is being presented with financial assistance as a grant to the TEAM for West Virginia.
Children from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources
and funding support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.