October is SIDS Awareness Month, and awareness is key to creating and maintaining a baby-safe home. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is when a child one year old or younger passes away without explanation, warning, or reason.
Closely related to SIDS is ASSB (Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed), and according to the CDC, it’s the leading cause of infant death. But there are ways to lower the risk and make sure you provide the safest sleeping environment possible. Here’s how:
Step 1 – Place your baby on his back to sleep.
Step 2 – Only use cribs that have passed modern stringent safety regulations and requirements.
Step 3 – Use a firm mattress and a fitted sheet.
Step 4 – Remove pillows, loose bedding, and stuffed animals from cribs or anywhere your baby is sleeping.
Just these 4 simple steps can reduce the risk of SIDS.
To learn more about SIDS Awareness Month, click here.