Infants are 40 times more likely to die in adult beds than in their own cribs

July 17, 2018

We know more now about the safest sleep habits for infants than we used to. Statistics like the headline above don’t lie. Here’s what else you should know and pass along:

  • Nearly 74% of deaths in babies younger  than 4 months happened in a bed- sharing situation

  • Risks increase when adults smoke, use medications, alcohol or drugs, or are obese

  • Pillow-top mattresses, comforters, fluffy pillows and stuffed animals are dangerous in adult beds AND in cribs

Prevent Needless Sleep-Related Deaths

Tell everyone that these steps save lives:


    Room-sharing offers almost all of the benefits of bed-sharing, without the risks—bring baby’s crib
    into the parents’ room for the 1st 6 months

  • Keep baby’s crib safe with a tight-fitting crib sheet and firm mattress

  • Keep crib free of blankets, pillows, bumper pads & stuffed animals

  • Use a sleep sack instead of a loose blanket to keep baby safe & warm

  • Place infant on its back when putting down to sleep



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