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