Approximately 3500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related deaths.
22% of mothers reported not placing their baby on his or her back to sleep, as recommended.
39% of mothers reported using soft bedding (not recommended) when placing babies to sleep.
Many of these deaths are a result of babies sleeping in an unsafe environment, and we needed to do something. So the main components of this program really is education. Simple slogan for Safe Sleep Baby, which is the ABC’s of safe sleep. The ABC’s of safe sleep stand for Alone, On Their Back, In a Crib.
As soon as the arrives on the mom/baby unit about safe sleep. One of the first things we did was we made a crib card that goes inside the infant bassinet and it has the ABC’s of safe sleep. The other thing we did was put some signage up in the rooms.
Here’s how to get your baby ready for bedtime:
- Wind down some amusement for playtime.
- Switch the telephone, TV, etc. off
- Give your toddler a warm bath.
- Softly stroke the baby’s back .
- Give a pacifier to your baby.
- Sing or play soft music with your baby.
- Read your baby a story about bedtime.
Stick as much as you can of your baby’s sleep schedule. If your baby’s schedule can need a temporary adjustment, plan ahead, such as if you’re going out of town or having family parties. Adjust your bed time the best you can but try as quickly as possible to get back to your rhythm and routine.