Safe and Sound

safe and sound

  • Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current federal and ASTM standards.
  • Choose a firm mattress that fits snugly in the crib.
  • ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress and wraps around the mattress corners.
  • Select bumper pads that fit around the entire crib and tie or snap securely into place.
  • Use bumper pads only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib.
  • Mobiles should also be removed when baby can pull himself or herself up.
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.

For Baby Under 12 Months…

  • Normal, healthy infants should ALWAYS sleep on their backs unless otherwise advised by a pediatrician.
  • Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad, and/or waterproof pad should be used under baby.
  • Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys, and other pillow-like products from the crib.
  • Cover baby with a thin covering, such as a crib blanket, receiving blanket or other blankets specifically designed for infants, only reaching as far as baby's chest, and tuck the covering around the crib mattress.

For newborns, consider swaddling.

  • Do not overdress your baby. Consider using a sleeper or other sleep clothing as an alternative to any covering.
Safe and Sound

safe and sound


  • Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current federal and ASTM standards.
  • Choose a firm mattress that fits snugly in the crib.
  • ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress and wraps around the mattress corners.
  • Select bumper pads that fit around the entire crib and tie or snap securely into place.
  • Use bumper pads only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib.
  • Mobiles should also be removed when baby can pull himself or herself up.
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.

For Baby Under 12 Months…

  • Normal, healthy infants should ALWAYS sleep on their backs unless otherwise advised by a pediatrician.
  • Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad, and/or waterproof pad should be used under baby.
  • Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys, and other pillow-like products from the crib.
  • Cover baby with a thin covering, such as a crib blanket, receiving blanket or other blankets specifically designed for infants, only reaching as far as baby's chest, and tuck the covering around the crib mattress.

For newborns, consider swaddling.

  • Do not overdress your baby. Consider using a sleeper or other sleep clothing as an alternative to any covering.

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