|The Saginaw County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) offers safe sleep education and services for pregnant and new mothers.|
We know that it can be tempting to bring your baby to bed with you, or let your baby sleep in a bouncy seat just so you can get some rest. But the fact is that a baby dies every three days in Michigan and these deaths are 100% preventable.
Take the time to learn how to put your baby to sleep safely each and every time by following these simple steps:
|1||Baby should sleep alone in a crib, pack'n'play, or bassinet.|
|2||Always put baby on back to sleep even when he/she can roll over.|
|3||No pillows, blankets, comforters, stuffed animals or other soft things should be in the sleep area.|
|4||Keep baby's face uncovered during sleep for easy breathing. Use a sleeper instead of a blanket.|
|5||Don't allow anyone to smoke around the baby.|
|6||Don't overheat the baby. Dress the baby what you are wearing plus 1 more layer (if you have shorts and a tank top on, put baby in long sleeves and pants).|
|7||Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.|
|8||Place baby in the same sleep position everytime.|
If you want more information on Safe Sleep or you are pregnant with your 1st baby and less than 28 weeks gestation,
and our staff will contact you directly.