Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared October 2020 Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month calling attention to the importance of preventing sleep-related infant deaths. Most people think this would never happen to them, but the sad reality is that a baby dies nearly every other day Michigan and these deaths are overwhelmingly preventable.
To keep babies 0-12 months of age safe, while sleeping at night and during naps, follow the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines:
Place baby on back, in a crib, bassinet or pack n' play for every sleep time.
Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.
Keep baby’s sleep space clutter free – no pillows, blankets or toys.
Avoid covering baby’s head or overheating. Instead of a blanket, consider using a sleep sack, wearable blanket or footed sleeper to keep baby warm.
Remind everyone who cares for baby, including babysitters and family members, how to keep baby safe while sleeping.
Keep baby in a smoke-free environment.
Support breastfeeding and immunizations.
Learn more about the safe sleep guidelines and why they are recommended to keep babies safe.
Nationally, October is also SIDS Awareness Month. To help spread the word, the Safe to Sleep® Campaign is encouraging organizations and individuals to participate in this year's #SafeSleepSnap photo activity. They are also hosting a Safe Infant Sleep Social Media Block Party. Take time to promote infant safe sleep in your community - educate your clients, friends and family. Join us and learn how you can make a difference in October, and all year long!
If you have any questions about infant safe sleep, please contact the Infant Safe Sleep Program at MDHHS-InfantSafeSleep@michigan.gov.