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Take steps to help babies sleep safely

December 22, 2011
The Daily News

The holiday season is a joyful time of year.

It is also a time - as families travel and visit others - to make sure that babies have a safe place to sleep, whether at night or during nap times.

Babies have suffocated while sleeping in adult beds, sleeping on furniture, and sleeping with pillows, cushions and blankets.

The Michigan Infant Safe Sleep Advisory Team offers these basic infant safe sleep recommendations to protect babies from suffocation or accidents during every night sleep and nap:

- The safest place fo a baby to sleep is in a crib, bassinet or portable crib that meets current safety standards. Take a portable crib with you if you're not sure one will be available. Adult beds, couches, and sofa chairs are dangerous for infant sleep.

- Use a firm mattress and tightly fitted sheet in the crib, bassinet or portable crib. Take out all pillows, blankets, comforters, bumper pads, stuffed toys and other soft things.

- Your baby should sleep on his or her back. Babies can suffocate if placed face down.

- Baby should sleep by himself or herself in the crib, bassinet or portable crib. Never allow a baby to share a bed with adults, other babies or children.

- Use a sleep sack instead of a blanket. Blankets can suffocate the baby. Sleep sacks are specially designed, wearable blankets for safe infant sleep.

Be sure to tell anyone caring for your baby, including teenage babysitters and grandparents, about the steps they need to take to keep your baby safe while sleeping. And remember, always make sure baby has a safe place to sleep, including when traveling or visiting family during this holiday season.

The Michigan Infant Safe Sleep Advisory Team includes representatives from the Michigan Departments of Community Health, Education, Human Services, as well as the Michigan Public Health Institute and Tomorrow's Child.

For more information, visit or call 2-1-1.



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