Our Safe Sleep program addresses preventable infant deaths caused by unsafe sleep practices. Each year, more children in Washtenaw County die of poor sleep environments than any other cause, except for prematurity and birth defects. Formerly classified as SIDS death, new investigation techniques now attributes most of these infant deaths to unsafe sleep environments, resulting in suffocation and other hazards to infant well-being. We provide Safe Sleep information to new and expectant parents, other caregivers, and professionals serving parents in the form of trainings, a “Safe Sleep for Your Baby” DVD, and other materials. To schedule a Safe Sleep training, order the DVD, or for more Safer Sleep information, please contact us.
Infants are at greater risk of death when they are put to sleep in these ways:
• In positions other than on their back
• On soft mattress or mattress that doesn’t fit firmly in crib
• On sofas, or adult beds with soft bedding
• With, near or on loose objects like blankets or pillows
• Over dressed, or in rooms that are over-heated
• With others, co-sleeping, in the same bed
Links to Important Information for Parents and Caregivers
2015: 370 expectant parents, caregivers, professionals, students and community members learned how to keep infants safe.