As a new or expectant parent, it is important to create a safe sleep environment for your baby. Sleep Right, Sleep Tight is a public awareness campaign developed by Prevent Child Abuse Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families and community stakeholders. The campaign provides information about how to keep your baby as safe as possible so everyone can rest easier.
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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies are safest when sleeping alone, on their backs, in a crib in the parents’ room* for the first six months of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends the following:
- Suffocation and strangulation in an adult bed is the leading cause of injury-related death for Florida infants under age 1.
- The risk of sleeping-related infant death is 40 times higher for babies who sleep in adult beds compared to babies who sleep in their own cribs.
*If the parent or their partner smokes in the bedroom, the crib should be placed in a room that is smoke free.
- The crib should be undamaged and meet current Consumer Product Safety guidelines www.cpsc.gov
- The crib mattress should fit tightly in its frame and have a snug fitted sheet.
- If a blanket is needed, babies should be placed with their feet near the foot of the crib and covered from the chest down with a thin blanket that is then tucked around the sides and bottom of the mattress to avoid covering the baby’s head.
- No other objects should be placed in the crib.
- Offering a pacifier has also been linked to a decreased risk of SIDS -- for breastfed infants, delay pacifier introduction until 1 month of age to ensure breastfeeding is firmly established.
Sleep Right, Sleep Tight campaign brochures, tip sheets and print ads listed in the column to the right may be downloaded and reproduced free of charge. To obtain higher resolution files for professional printing, please contact Jennifer Hartshorne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sleep Right, Sleep Tight campaign also includes a series of 30-second public service announcements and an 11-minute informational video on safe infant sleep. You can view the PSAs and video by clicking here, or you may request a DVD copy of these materials by emailing email@example.com.