Safe sleep practices can save lives. You can do many things to keep your baby safe.
Following safe sleep guidelines can help prevent sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and reduce other sleep-related risks and injuries. SUID is the leading cause of death once babies leave the newborn nursery.
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is a Cribs for Kids® Gold Certified National Safe Sleep Champion — its highest designation.
As safe sleep champions, we're proactively working to reduce the number of sleep-related infant deaths in western Pa. The region has one of the state's highest SUID rates.
All caregivers — parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, babysitters, and childcare providers — should know how to help babies sleep safely.
Talk about these safety steps with your family, friends, and anyone else who helps take care of your baby.
Explain in detail what you expect them to do. Do not assume that people who care for your baby know these safe sleep tips.
If you can't afford a crib, bassinet, or pack and play for your baby, talk with your doctor. Or call Cribs for Kids toll-free at 1-888-721-2742 (CRIB).