There have been 70 Infant Sleep-Related Deaths within Broward County alone in the last 5 years, not including 2021. Of these 70 Deaths:
- 47 (67%) were in an adult bed
- 45 (64%) were Non-Hispanic Black
Here is how you can ensure that your baby is safe while they sleep:
Have the baby share your room, not your bed.
Most sleep-related deaths occur when babies sleep with an adult or another child, or in an adult bed, or on a sofa. We know that you might want to keep your little one in bed for safety, breastfeeding, convenience or because it’s what your family tells you to do, but it can be life-threatening for your baby.
Adults who bed share or co-sleep with their baby increase the infants' risks of Sleep-Related Death because the baby can become wedged between the bed and an object, covered by the bedding, or overlaid by an adult or child with whom the bed is shared. Co-sleeping is particularly dangerous if the adult is overly tired, obese, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Sleep-related deaths can only be prevented by practicing The A,B,C’s of Safe Sleep.
It’s also important to remember to keep smoke away from your baby. This means absolutely NO cigarettes, marijuana, or vaping in your home.
The A,B,C’s of Safe Sleep
Providing your baby with a safe sleep environment is as easy as ABC!
- A: Alone - Babies should always be placed to sleep alone with no blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, toys, bumper pads, pets, other children or even removable clothing like hats or socks
- B: Back - Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs for each sleep including naptimes
- C: Crib - Babies should always be placed to sleep in a crib, bassinet, or a portable crib/pack n play
Remember: Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back, in a Crib!
Broward Healthy Start Coalition’s Cribs Program
- Each family that receives a portable crib also receives:
- Crib Sheet
- Sleep Sack
- 1 Hour Safe Sleep Class
Broward Healthy Start Coalition is here to help you learn how to keep your baby safe while they sleep. Call 954-567-7174 or email [email protected] to learn more about services and resources available.
Additional Safety Information & Resources
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