ABCs of Safe Sleep

Every five days, another baby in Kentucky dies in their sleep. Many of these deaths could potentially be prevented simply by following the ABCs of Safe Sleep.
Alone

Stay Close, Sleep Apart

Share the room, not the bed. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in your room, but NOT your bed.

Back

On Your Back for Nights and Naps

A baby should always sleep on their back at night and during nap time. Back sleeping on a firm mattress in a crib or play yard decreases the risk for SIDS.

Crib

Clean, Clear Crib

A baby’s crib should contain a fitted sheet only; no blankets, toys, pillows, bumpers, or other items that could cover a baby’s face and suffocate them. Cribs, bassinets and play yards with firm mattresses are the only safe places for babies to sleep.

Danger

Be Aware, Not Impaired

Drinking and drug use impair your ability to care for a baby, making bed-sharing and other unsafe sleep even more dangerous for the baby.

Testimonials

Unsafe Sleep in Kentucky

Every five days, an infant in Kentucky dies due to a sleep-related risk factor.
  • 9 OUT OF 10 SIDS DEATHS

    in 2013 had at least one unsafe sleep factor.

  • INFANT DEATH FROM UNSAFE SLEEP

    is 70 times more likely than infant death from a motor vehicle collision.

  • BED SHARING

    was involved in over half of the sleep-related deaths in Kentucky in 2013. Bed sharing is dangerous and these deaths are preventable.

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