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by calling 1-800-800-5556


If you knew that your baby’s risk to die

was up to 40 times greater

while sleeping in an adult bed*, rather than a safe crib,

where would you place your baby to sleep?

On average, at least one child dies each week in Indiana as a result of bed sharing or sleeping in an unsafe environment. Even as media outlets across the state feature stories of the dangers of unsafe sleep practices, well meaning parents inadvertently continue to put their infants in dangerous, sometimes fatal situations. source: Kids First Trust Fund - Safe Sleep Campaign


 
 

Despite the existence of compelling research and statistics about the importance of safe sleep in reducing our nation’s high rate of infant mortality, the number of babies who die in adult beds and other unsafe sleep environments is on the rise.

In fact, of the more than 4,500 sudden, unexpected infant deaths each year, statistics show that as many as 80-90 percent are the result of unsafe sleep practices.* These are preventable deaths.


  • Babies Sleep Safely alone and on their back in an infant safe sleep environment like a crib, bassinet or pack & play. 
  • The crib should meet all current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly covered by a tight fitting crib sheet. 
  • The sleep space should be free of blankets, bumpers, stuffed animals or any other loose or fluffy items. 
  • Use a sleep sack to keep your baby warm. 
  • Do not use wedges or positioners in baby’s sleep space. 
  • Room share – don’t bed share with your baby! 



For more information on safe sleep 
visit FirstCandle.org.



 *Statistics from FirstCandle.org








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