The ABCs every caretaker should know
If you love and care for a baby, you must know the ABCs of safe sleep. Their lives depend upon you knowing safe practices during all sleep times:
A stands for Alone. Always Alone in a safe crib, never in your bed, on a sofa, on chair, but in their own crib/pack ‘n’ play with only baby in the crib.
The American Academy of Pediatrics wants all caretakers of babies to use a firm crib mattress with no loose bedding to trap babies. Bumper pads, pillows, blankets and stuffed animals in the crib increase the risk of suffocation. Keeping a cool moderate temperature in the room with good air flow is critical to not having baby overheated. The Academy encourages parents to keep babies in the parents’ bedroom for the first year. But they must sleep in their cribs–not in the same bed as parents. A pacifier is suggested to put babies to sleep, but once they are asleep, do not re-insert the pacifier.
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is committed to SAFE SLEEP education, practices and helping parents obtain pack-n-plays. Our Germanie’s Little Lambs Parent Cafes offers SAFE SLEEP education. Call our office at (816) 659-8285 to learn more on how to protect your precious baby with basic SAFE SLEEP education.
Family Development Specialist