Sleep Safety for Babies

Infants should sleep face up

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(HealthDayNews) -- For various reasons including fires and unsafe cribs, thousands of infants die while they're sleeping.

The American Red Cross offers these safety guidelines:

  • Always put your baby to sleep face up.
  • Use a firm mattress in a safety approved crib or bassinet. Don't use a mattress that allows you to fit two fingers between it and the sides of the crib.
  • Never put your baby on a waterbed, bean bag, or anything soft enough to cover the face.
  • Don't place the crib within reach of cords from window blinds or curtains.
  • Test your smoke detector batteries on the first day of every month. Change them twice a year.

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