Infant Sleep Safety

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Ensuring parents have the knowledge to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is of vital importance for infant sleep safety. We are here to help!

Parents everywhere can keep their precious babies safe by following these simple guidelines:

  1. Place baby on his or her back
    1. Babies are less likely to choke when placed on their backs, even if they spit up or drool in their sleep. This is the most effective way to prevent SIDS.
  2. Room share with baby
    1. It is recommended to share your room with your baby for a maximum of one year and a minimum of 6 months. Keeping your baby close to your bed but on a separate surface allows you to hear your baby well.
    2. Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or a chair alone, with you, or with another person.
  3. Ensure baby is sleeping on a firm, flat surface
    1. Firm mattresses are recommended for infants. The sleeping area should be free of any bumpers, blankets, or loose bedding.
    2. Do not use a swing, car seat, stroller, or baby carrier as your baby’s routine sleep area.
    3. A bassinet, crib, or portable crib that follows current safety standards set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is always recommended. For additional information on infant sleep safety, please get in touch with CPSC at 1.800.638.2772 or email at

If you have questions about parenting or parenting servicescontact Align’s team today. We have offices located in LebanonLancasterEphrata, and Columbia, PA.

Written by: Lex Kanode

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