Safe Sleep Initiative
St. Vincent’s has partnered with Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative in efforts to decrease the rate of infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation, asphyxia or undetermined causes in unsafe sleeping environments.
The goal is to educate parents, associates and all caregivers by providing Pack n Play portable cribs to families who otherwise, cannot afford a place for their babies to sleep.
Through the efforts of Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative partners from across the country, we forged a coalition of organizations that view success for one, as success for all.
St. Vincent’s Clay County, Riverside and Southside will be the first in the community to receive the Gold Certified National Safe Sleep Champion award.
What is safe sleep?
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. This is what you can do to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS.
To create a safe sleep environment:
- Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet
- Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
- Keep your baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep.
- Room sharing not bed sharing. Always place the baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, portable crib for sleep.
- Sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep.
- Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area.
- Wedges and positioners should not be used.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby.
- Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Follow health care provider guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular heath checkups.
For additional information and education on safe sleep please visit: http://www.cribsforkids.org/education