Safer Sleeping for Babies
Crib Mattress Buying Guide
Give your baby a safe place to sleep and help prevent injury, suffocation, strangulation, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by following these safe sleeping tips.
- Always place babies on their back to sleep unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
- Use a crib that meets current safety standards.
- To help prevent suffocation, keep heavy blankets, pillows, comforters and stuffed toys out of the crib. Instead, swaddle newborns in a thin blanket and keep their faces uncovered.
- When using a thin blanket, make sure it reaches only as far as baby's chest. Tuck the rest at least 2" underneath the mattress.
- Do not place infants to sleep on pillows, sofas, waterbeds, or adult beds.
- Keep hanging objects out of the crib and ensure mobile units and toys are at least 10-12 inches away from baby's face.
- Use a hypoallergenic, absorbent, or waterproof crib mattress pad and a tight fitted sheet for babies under 12 months old.
- Avoid purchasing second-hand crib mattresses. They may have been recovered or used for other purposes unbeknownst to you. There are many affordable models available that are safe, durable and pass the latest safety standards. It's worth purchasing a new one for peace of mind.
Visit these online sites to learn more about safe infant sleeping:
Consumer Product Safety Commission www.cpsc.gov
American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org