October marks Safe Infant Sleep Awareness Month

(CBS DETROIT) – October marks Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month. From 2009 to 2019, 1,436 babies died in Michigan from sleep-related deaths.

When it comes to putting your child down for a nap or at bedtime, MDHHS Medical Director Natasha Bagdasarian says less is better. In a cradle, she advises against soft toys, blankets, bumpers or other items often marketed to be put in a cradle.

Bagdasarian recalled shopping for her baby and debunked the myth that everything really belongs in the crib for a baby who is a newborn until over a year old.

“There are a lot of things being sold that aren’t really recommended for babies under the age of one, so we recommend placing babies in environments without a lot of those soft, really fun items that you can buy for babies. babies.” Bagdasarian said.

Additional recommendations for safe sleep include the following:

– Place baby on their back, on a non-inclined sleep surface, such as a bassinet, bassinet, or pack ‘n play, without anyone else.

– Use a firm mattress with a snug-fitting sheet.

– Keep baby’s sleep space clutter-free without pillows, blankets or toys.

– Avoid covering baby’s head or overheating baby. Instead of a blanket, use a sleeping bag, portable blanket, or footed sleeper to keep baby warm.

– Keep baby in a smoke-free environment.

– Support breastfeeding and vaccinations.

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