Sleep-related deaths are more common among infants than people may think. Each year in Cuyahoga County, about 20 babies die from unsafe sleep conditions — enough children to fill a kindergarten class.
Each of those deaths could have been prevented by following simple steps to create a safe sleep environment.
The ABCs of Safe Sleep
Your baby should sleep:
- On His/Her Back
- In a Bare Crib
Unsafe Sleep Environments
The following are not safe for your baby:
- Cluttered cribs, beds, or other sleeping spaces
- Sleeping with an adult or another child
- Sleeping on a sofa, couch, or other soft surface
Check out this animation of what safe sleeping looks like, or view frequently asked questions.