Ten Tips for SIDS Prevention

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*October has been designated as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness Month. One of the leading educators in the area of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is Halo Innovations, a company started by a SIDS dad who utilized his engineering expertise to study infant sleep and to develop products that help parents create a safe sleep environment for baby. Today, this small Minnesota company works with over 350 hospitals nationwide where the Halo SleepSack wearable blanket is utilized both in hospital as well as in take home programs to encourage parents to practice safe sleep at home.

Back is Best for Baby’s Safest Sleep…

• Place your baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and night time
• Use a safety approved crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress
• Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers and positioners)
• Use a SleepSack™ wearable blanket to replace loose blankets in your baby’s crib
• DO NOT put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins, etc.)
• Room sharing is safer than bed sharing
• DO NOT dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature between 68-72 degrees fahrenheit
• DO NOT let anyone smoke around your baby or be in a room where someone has recently smoked
• Educate relatives, baby sitters and other caregivers about these important safety tips
• Tummy time is important for babies while they are awake and being supervised. Place your baby on his or her tummy for playtime to help strengthen their upper body muscles

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