How do I make my baby’s sleep safe?
For older babies, the rate of sudden unexpected infant death has fallen since 1994 in the U.S.A., when health-care providers began to recommend placing babies on their backs to sleep. But for babies under one month of age, the rate has remained steady. Many of these deaths have been blamed on unsafe sleeping habits. To minimize the risk of sudden unexpected death, babies should be placed on their back on a firm surface and soft objects, and loose bedding are kept away from the baby’s sleep area. Mothers should avoid smoke exposure, alcohol, and illicit drugs. The crib should meet modern safety standards and each crib should only hold one baby. Parents should have a close look at the place where the baby sleeps and make sure it is safe.