Safe Sleep, Every Sleep Photo Contest
October 2, 2018
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 sleepduring every nap, every night, and each time they care for a young child. The CO4Kids Campaign is invested in creating greater awareness among parents and caregivers of the importance of safe sleep and improving the safety and well-being of infants across Colorado by highlighting educational materials and supportive services in the communities where they live.
During Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month this October 2018, CO4Kids is holding a photo contest to help inspire parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, neighbors and early childhood professionals in Colorado to practice the ABCs of safe sleep during every nap, every night, and each time they care for a young child. Contest winners get to select a nonprofit to receive a grant to help support families and prevent child maltreatment.
According to the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System, sudden unexpected infant death takes the lives of around 50 children under the age of one year old in Colorado each year. One of the main causes for sudden unexpected infant death is accidental suffocation by infants sleeping in an unsafe environment. Research has shown that sudden unexpected infant death and other sleep-related deaths can be reduced by practicing the ABCs of safe sleep: placing infants on their backs, in a crib or on a safe sleeping surface, and alone without any soft objects or blankets.
Together, we can ensure Colorado reduces the number of preventable infant deaths through parent support programs, caregiver education and increased public awareness.
Follow these tips for safe sleep, every sleep.
- The only things that should be present in a crib are a firm mattress, a fitted sheet and a sleeping baby. Bumpers, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, bibs and clip-on pacifiers are unsafe for sleep and not allowed in the crib.
- Infants need tummy time while awake to strengthen their neck muscles. Always supervise infants during tummy time.
- If an infant falls asleep anywhere except in a crib, they must immediately be placed on their back in the crib.
- Instead of sleeping blankets, infants should sleep in sleep sacks that do not confine their arms. Swaddling and alternative sleep positions are only allowed if a child’s physician signs an alternative health plan. Learn more about how to use your Halo SleepSack® at HaloSleep.com.
- Keep rooms at a temperature comfortable for a lightly clothed adult. Check infants to ensure they are not overheated or sweaty.
- Always practice the ABC’s of safe sleep. Infants should be sleeping alone on their backs in a crib.
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