If Not You, Then Who?
We all play a role in making sure all children are valued, healthy and thriving. It is important for all parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, neighbors and early childhood professionals to have the tools they need to practice the ABCs of safe sleep during every nap, every night, and each time they care for a young child.
The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed. Never nap on a couch or chair while holding your baby.
Lay your baby down on his or her back. Lying on the back helps your baby to easily draw in air by keeping the mouth and nose free of obstructions. This position also helps your baby to easily swallow anything that is spit up or coughed up during sleep.
Always put your baby down to sleep on a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib, bassinet or play yard that has no blankets, bumpers or stuffed animals. Instead of using a blanket to keep your baby warm, dress her in an age- and size-appropriate sleeper or sleep sack-type pajamas.
Tips for Talking about Safe Sleep
Discussing plans for your baby to sleep safely is non-negotiable. It is important that anyone caring for your baby, including grandparents, co-parents, family members, friends and child care providers, understand the latest safe sleep safety guidelines.
Leaving your baby to be cared for by someone else? Check out these questions from Colorado Shines to help you prepare to talk with any childcare provider about safe sleep:
- Can I see where my baby sleeps?
- Have you completed any training on safe sleep?
- How is my baby positioned when they sleep?
- Do you offer my baby a pacifier when he/she is being put down to sleep?
- How often do you check on sleeping infants?
- During tummy time, will someone be making sure my baby’s eyes are open?
- If my baby gets cold, do you use a blanket or change the temperature of the room?
- Can I see a copy of your safe sleep policies?
Additional Safe Sleep Resources
Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about steps you can take to create a safe sleep area for baby.
- The Safe Sleep Academy provides helpful tips for putting your baby to sleep safely, soothing fussy babies and making your entire home a safe place for baby.
- Cribs for Kids® Partners in Colorado provide safe sleep education for parents and caregivers, and many provide portable cribs to those who qualify. Partners may have a different set of requirements for receiving a portable crib and some partners only provide safe sleep education, but not cribs; however, they may know of other programs that are available in your area that can assist you.
- More information on safe sleep can also be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Children’s Hospital Colorado websites.
Together, we can ensure Colorado reduces the number of preventable infant deaths through parent support programs, caregiver education and increased public awareness.