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5 Safe Sleeping Tips for Baby Safety Month


September is Baby Safety Month and the JPMA is making sure parents and caregivers are educated on the importance of safety especially when it comes to our most precious gifts – our children.

One place that baby spends a lot of her time is in bed. These 5 safe sleeping tips can help give baby a safe sleeping environment.

Be sure that baby’s crib  mattress properly fits the crib. You can read about correct crib measurements here.

  1. Keep baby’s crib free of blankets, toys and bumpers.
  2. Make sure your baby’s crib mattress is firm.
  3. Keep baby away from cigarette smoke. There are many devastating effects of smoke for baby including SIDS.
  4. Make sure baby is not wearing too many clothes or sleeping in a hot room which will cause baby to overheat.

Double check your baby’s sleeping space to make sure she is safe and secure so both you and baby can have peaceful sleep.

Posted September 25, 2012

by MichelleH

44 Comments

44 Responses

  1. courtney b says:

    these are all great tips for reducing SIDS thanks for sharing!

  2. Keonte says:

    It’s sad that #4 even has to be said. Thanks for the tips.

  3. Katie says:

    Loved this post because I am an expecting mother and need all the advice that i can get!

  4. ColleenF says:

    Thanks for sharing feedback! You can find Tips from us every Tuesday on the blog!

  5. Sara Haaf says:

    Great tips for reducing sids. I do not know why they even still sell bumpers, they are such a danger. Do they at least have a warning not to use under a certain age?

  6. Ruth V. says:

    Thank you for these tips! I didn’t even buy a bumper for my little guy after reading about the dangers of having them.

  7. Devon F says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. wendi watson says:

    i was always so nervous about my kids being babies….now i worry that they are teenagers lol great website and information ty!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for sharing these tips. Even with 7 children it is always a good reminder to re-read these tips.

  10. Kimi A says:

    Thank you for the helpful tips for a FTM!

  11. Natalie S says:

    These are all great tips! We have a baby that is 7 days new and these are all fantastic. :)

  12. Brittany Andrews says:

    this is such good advice! as a new mother I have a constant worry of SIDS so anything I can do to help prevent it is much appreciated!

  13. MichelleHalm says:

    Congrats to so many new mommies! Glad you found these tips helpful. You can find more tips in our parent resource center on our website kolcraft.com. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/kolcraft for opportunities to win baby gear! Congrats again!

  14. Alex Liz Robinson says:

    I worry about SIDS. These are all great tips. Thanks for sharing them!

  15. Janet W. says:

    I never understood why companies still sell the thick bumpers when they AREN’T supposed to be in the cribs. Thanks for the tips!

  16. Addison Kat says:

    great tips!

  17. Natalie Finch says:

    Great tips – thank you! I would also add to make sure that anyone caring for your child knows important sleep safety!

  18. Eileen says:

    I am a mom of 6…and these tips seem so ‘simple’, yet were not discussed when I had my kids 13-30 years ago. So much has changed over the years, such as whether kids are to sleep on their backs, tummies, or sides. EVERYONE had the matching bumper for their cribs. We of course thought our babies cold so we loaded them with blanket sleepers and then topped off with a warm blanket. And even though the cig smoke is a given, I bet many don’t even think about that being a factor. (we knew because we had kids susceptible to asthma as it runs in our family a lot).
    One thing I found surprising too, with a new baby in the house now because our daughter and her baby live with us, is that her Pediatrician recommended a ceiling fan to circulate the airflow.
    I know someone who had a grandchild die of SIDS. It is so scary when there really are no answers as to why some families go through this devastation. I know the parents heeded all these advisories. Just no answers and is really so sad. So glad there is more research being done.

  19. Awesome, thank you for the tips!

  20. Lisa Ellis says:

    Great info here ! I know parents get tons of little animals and things and it’s temping to put them in the crib when they are babies….

  21. amy says:

    what about the new breathable bumpers?

  22. Janna says:

    Hi! Can you tell me how long I’m supposed to air out a new crib mattress? Specifically the Sealy Crown Jewel? Thank you!

  23. Stephanie Larison says:

    Great! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Larissa says:

    These are great tips, especially for us first-time parents!

  25. Katie O says:

    Such important tips! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Kelly Falcone says:

    I am glad to see this safety information getting out to parents

  27. Kelly Falcone says:

    I am glad to see this info getting out to parents

  28. Andrea Veeneman says:

    Great tips!

  29. Erin Houser says:

    It drives me crazy to see parents breaking #1. It is a simple thing to follow, but unfortunately so many people are uneducated on such an important matter.

  30. Faith says:

    I absolutely love these tips for reducing sids.

  31. Joanna says:

    I am expecting in November. How do I know if the mattress is sufficiently firm?

  32. Jennifer says:

    I really think it should be illegal for parents to smoke around children and for people to smoke around parks, playgrounds, schools, etc. …it is my biggest pet peeve, and seriously, risk your own health, don’t risk mine, or my child’s

  33. Laura Jacobson says:

    Such wonderful tips!!! So many of the infant bedding sets come with the bumpers!

  34. Julia Babs says:

    It never hurts to be reminded of such important baby safety tips. Thank you for this article!

  35. tamar says:

    It’s amazing how many parents are so clueless about bumpers. Thanks for giving me something to show them.

  36. Michelle says:

    Joanna,
    Congrats on expecting! We are so happy for you. We asked our crib mattress expert your question & this is her response:
    All of our crib mattresses have been tested to adult standards so you can feel confident in selecting a crib mattress from Kolcraft. Overall the higher number of coils means they are closer together so you will have a firmer feel overall. Also if there are more layers of hypoallergenic cushioning, such as polyester, you will have a great amount of firmness and comfort for the child. Some of our top rated crib mattresses are the Baby Firm Rest or the Baby Posturepedic, both have over 200 coils, border wire, weight distribution system and multiple firmness layers.

  37. rebecca w says:

    Great tips but its sad that #3 has to be said.

  38. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    I Love these me being a mom to 3 ive known all of these my husband you think would be aware to but last week i found him putting a heavy blanket on baby and had to teach them all about the saftey tips for a little baby

  39. Erica C. says:

    Great, simple tips that are easy to follow.

  40. susan smoaks says:

    I love to be more informed so I don’t have to be afraid!

  41. Rich Hicks says:

    These are all wonderful tips and I think most are aware. But it certainly does not hurt to have reminders like this.

  42. Sarah Yurga says:

    I am so glad the other members of my house quit smoking before my baby was due. It took my being pregnant to make my mother quit. 2 miracles!

  43. Sandy says:

    This is a great article with excellent advice. I don’t know about you, but I find it so odd that crib bumpers still come with most infant bedding sets. I would hope most new parents realize that these are not suitable for infants, but I am sure that not all new parents realize this. I think that bumpers should stop being included in these sets.

  44. MichelleHalm says:

    Sandy,
    It’s interesting that some cities have banned them like Chicago, but you go to a suburb & they are in the bedding sets!

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