September is Baby Safety Month! Although the month is almost over, it is always the right time to be safe!
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests these few tips to keep babies sleeping safely!
- Place the baby on his or her back to sleep
- Avoid placing pillows, blankets/quilts, or stuffed animals/toys in the baby’s sleep area
- Close any gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress
- Ensure any broken or loose slats are fixed
- Avoid placing cribs near window blinds, curtains, and cords
Other tips to keep your baby safe include finding a firm mat and a fitted sheet, making sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working and able to be heard from all areas of your home (important for everyone!), and make sure water temperatures are not scalding to prevent burns. Also, don’t forget to keep your baby safe in the car! Always double check to make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly and he/she is buckled in tight!
Check out the following resources for more on baby safety!
Baby Safety Zone
Sanford Health Safety Center
Academic Academy of Pediatrics
South Dakota Department of Social Services
South Dakota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control
Local classes from Sanford and Avera Hospitals offer valuable information on baby safety! Find a class at one of the links below!