Safe Kids Oregon encourages you to help make sure babies are safe:
- Always put babies to sleep on his/her back.
- Make sure no one smokes around a baby.
- Breastfeed babies.
- Put babies to sleep in the room where parents or caregivers sleep.
- Remove soft fluffy bedding, pillows, stuffed toys and bumper pads from baby’s sleep area.
- Avoid placing babies to sleep on soft things like couches or upholstered chairs, water beds, beanbag chairs, quilts or comforters.
- Talk with grandparents and other caregivers about this safe sleep information.
Some parents choose to sleep with their baby. It can be unsafe to sleep with babies if:
- The baby is less than 12 weeks old.
- The bed has pillows, quilts or comforters.
- The bed is shared with pets or other children.
- Parents or caregivers:
Have taken drugs, alcohol or medications that make them sleepy.
Are very tired or suffer from extreme exhaustion.
For more information and educational resources click here for Oregon Health Authority Infant Health.
Safe Sleep Brochure - English
Safe Sleep Brochure - Spanish
Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health. Click here for information on other Injury Areas.