ABC's of Sleeping Babies
What is the safest way for your baby to sleep? Babies sleep safest when... they sleep alone on their back in an uncluttered crib or other safe sleep surface. Follow these simple "ABC's of Sleeping Babies" for guidance:
- We, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommend that the baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
- Unless otherwise instructed by a pediatrician, an infant should always sleep on its back.
- An infant sleeping on its side or stomach faces increased risk of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID).
- Infants should sleep without the aid of wedges and cushions.
- Here is an excellent video about creating a safe sleep environment for your baby.
- Railings should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart - tight enough that a soda can will not fit through them.
- The mattress should be firm and covered with a tight, fitted sheet.
- Keep your baby's crib clutter-free - no quilts, duvets, bumper pads, stuffed animals, etc.
- Waterbeds, futons, recliners and sofas are not acceptable substitutes for a crib.
- This video explains the latest crib safety standards, so you understand why that crib handed down from your parents may not be the safest option for your infant.
Safe Sleep for Your Baby
The following video was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health as part of the "Safe to Sleep" campaign.
For more information on preventing infant sleep-related deaths, please view the following sites: CDC-Sudden Infant Death (SUID), Updated 2016 AAP Recommendations, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and First Candle.
Alabama Cribs for Kids
Alabama has partnered with the national Cribs for Kids Program and is dedicated to "Helping every baby sleep safer." Funding from the federal Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant has allowed Alabama to purchase a limited number of play-yards for families who meet qualifications and need a safe sleep environment for their infants under one year of age. If you or someone you know has a need, have them complete the referral form and email or fax. Except on weekends or state holidays, you will receive a response within 48 hours.
Forms that are required to be completed and returned by the requesting person or agency:
Alabama Collaborative on Safe Sleep
The Collaborative has produced a Position Statement providing valuable information about safe sleep issues and providing contact information for resources. The Collaborative has also developed a Step-by-Step Blueprint for the use of providers who are working to make the sleep environments in their facilities safer for infants.
Baby Box Initiative
On March 29, 2017, Alabama became the third state in the nation to launch the Baby Box safe sleep program. Alabama Department of Public Health is among the agencies collaborating to support safe sleep educational efforts. The Department of Human Resources is the lead agency offering a Baby Box to all expecting and new parents in the state. The goal of the Baby Box program is to provide parents the education and resources needed to ensure a safe sleep environment for their infant.
For more information contact Allison Foster of the Department of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-353-4825, or go online to https://www.babyboxuniversity.com/content/syllabus/alabama.
Baby Box Distribution Centers are located throughout the state.
Page last updated: October 19, 2018