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Every Step, Every Time
- Your baby always sleeps in a Pack ’n Play or crib.
- That Pack ’n Play or crib is just for the baby. NO pillows, bumper, blankets or toys.
- Lay your baby on his or her back.
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How To Help Your Baby Sleep Safely
Better Rest for All.
Never sleep with your baby on a bed or couch.
Other Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe
- Avoid smoking in your baby’s home.
- Breastfeed, if you are able.
- Once breastfeeding is going well, you can use a pacifier.
- Avoid using alcohol or drugs.
- Immunize your baby on time.
- Do not overheat or overbundle your baby.
- When your baby begins to roll, stop swaddling.
- Do not use things that claim to allow an infant to sleep in an adult bed.
- Do not use a home heart monitor.
- When your baby is awake, you can supervise tummy time to help prevent a flattened back of the head.
Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment from the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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About Sleep-Related Infant Deaths in Philadelphia
Each year, 30 infants die from sleep-related deaths in Philadelphia. Most of these deaths happen when an infant is put to sleep in a way that is comfortable for an adult, but dangerous for a baby. These infant deaths are preventable. The goal of the Health Department’s Same Room, Different Beds Campaign is to help parents, families and caretakers keep their babies safe at naptime and bedtime.
Sleep-related deaths are not from neglect. Some families bring their baby into their adult bed or couch to feel safer. But sadly, bringing a baby into an adult bed or couch may result in death.
The Department of Health studied what was causing infant deaths in Philadelphia over the past several years to learn what parents, grandparents, and families can do to be sure their baby is safe at naptime and bedtime. This is what we found:
- 7 out of 10 babies died in Philadelphia because they are not in a special baby bed.
- Many Philadelphia babies died when their parents or family members brought them close and slept next to them.
- Some babies died by strangulation or suffocation because a parent of family member placed a pillow, bumper, blanket or stuffed animal in their baby’s crib or pack ’n play as opposed to placing the baby in an empty crib.
- We also found that over half of the infants who died in Philadelphia were placed to sleep on their stomachs or sides, when the safest sleeping position for infants is on their backs.
Behind the Scenes of the Campaign
The Safe Sleep Philadelphia Campaign photos feature real Philadelphia families, who generously invited us into their home to discuss safe sleep. Each family had a unique way of staying close to their baby, without sharing a bed.
When I go to bed at night, I want to make sure that she is okay. I worry that something will happen to her while she is sleeping. I find myself many nights just peeking over there making sure she is okay.
Anything’s possible. Now that my baby is bigger (17 pounds), I adjusted the Pack ‘n Play so she sleeps at the bottom because she’s moving.
- Maternity Care Coalition: Cribs for Kids and MOMobile
- A Running Start Health Philadelphia
- Sleep Related Infant Deaths in Philadelphia (Department of Public Health CHART, February 2017)
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Safe Sleep: Updated 2016 Recommendations for A Safe Infant Sleeping Environment and Additional AAP Safe Sleep Resources
- National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Safe Sleep
- Baltimore Safe Sleep
- Smoking Cessation: PA Quitline 800-QUIT-NOW and Philadelphia Information Line
- Breastfeeding Support