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Sleep Tips


Safe sleep for every baby, every time.

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Sleep Tips


Safe sleep for every baby, every time.

1 out of 2 Metro Denver babies who died while sleeping were sharing an adult bed, couch or chair*.

A safe sleep environment can help protect your baby from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths. Put your baby to sleep safely for naps and at night time with the following recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics:

SHARE THE ROOM, NOT THE BED

Don’t sleep with baby in a bed, couch, chair or futon. Place baby in a separate sleep area in the same room. If you are feeding your baby and think you may fall asleep, feed your baby on your bed rather than a sofa or cushioned chair. If you do fall asleep, move the baby to a firm and flat surface as soon as you wake up.

FIRM & FLAT SURFACE

Place baby on a firm and flat sleep surface like a crib, bassinet or Pack ‘n Play. Swings and car seats are not safe for sleeping because they are not flat.  The baby’s head can fall forward and the wind pipe can be closed off. 

No Fluff

Remove all soft objects like toys and pillows, bumpers and loose bedding from sleep area. They put your baby in danger of getting trapped, strangled or of suffocating. 

Blanket-Free Zone

Dress baby in a sleep sack or footed pajamas instead of using blankets. This helps keep your baby warm without covering his head or face. 

Back to Sleep

Place baby on his or her back to sleep every time. This decreases the chance of SIDS.

No Strings Attached

Give baby a dry pacifier not attached by a string. It’s okay if the pacifier falls out of your baby’s mouth during sleep as long as it's not attached to your baby’s clothing.

Keep it cool

Avoid overheating with a room temperature between 68 and 72 degrees. Keep baby’s head uncovered. Baby needs only 1 more layer of clothing than you.

Baby is Smoke-Free

Don’t smoke around baby or in their environment.

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Sleep Resources


Rest easy knowing your baby is safe.

Sleep Resources


Rest easy knowing your baby is safe.

It is healthy and normal for babies to come in and out of deep sleep as they grow. You can rest easy knowing the simple precautionary measures above will help to keep your baby safe every time they are put to sleep. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have questions about any of the recommendations.

From grandparents to babysitters, making sure all caregivers are aware of how to safely put your baby to sleep is very important. Dads today spend triple the time caring for their children as they did 50 years ago. Watch the following video to see how "Dads on Duty” can make a real difference in keeping your baby safe.