Learn how to help your new baby
sleep safe and sound
Build the safest sleep environment possible for your child with our safe sleep resources.
Eligible Kent County parents and caregivers can receive Pack 'n Plays, books, and more!
What does a safe sleep environment mean?
Baby needs their own space
The evidence shows that sleeping on a separate surface decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%. In addition, this arrangement is most likely to prevent suffocation, strangulation, and entrapment that may occur when an infant is sleeping in an adult bed.
However, room sharing without bed sharing is protective for the first year of life and is an important part of a safe sleep environment in those first 12 months.
Back is best!
To reduce the risk of sleep related death, it is recommended that babies are placed on their back for every sleep by every caregiver until they reach at least one year of age.
This includes infants with reflux disease or other gastroesophageal and digestive issues. Elevating an infants head has been shown to be ineffective and can actually increase the risk of SIDS.
Crib, Pack 'n Play, or Bassinet
A crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard that conforms to the safety standards of the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) is recommended. These products have all met the federal safety standards and are considered the safest sleeping platforms for infants. Parents are encouraged to visit the CPSC website to check if their child’s sleep space has been recalled.
If you are looking for safe sleep materials for your child, fill out the contact form below and our Safe Sleep Program Coordinator can help you secure a safe space for your baby.
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