So here is the question again: Do you ever take care of a baby under the age of 1 year? Your own? Someone elseís? Every baby deserves a chance to wake up. Every parent deserves the chance to raise their beautiful baby. We cannot prevent every case of SIDSó we donít know how yetó but the risk of a child you love being taken away can be reduced if you follow these SIDS Risk Reduction recommendations for Safer Sleep:
© Back to Sleep.
R Always place babies on their backs every time you lay them down.
R If they roll over to the side or stomach, pick them up and put them on their backs again.
R Itís Back to Sleep. Side and stomach positions are dangerous.
© Breastfeed your baby, moms.
R Breastfed babies have a lower risk of SIDS than formula fed babies.
R This is just one of many ways breastfed babies are given an advantage in life.
R Donít ďtryĒ to breastfeed- just do it.
© Formula fed babies should be offered a pacifier when they go to sleep.
R Research shows formula fed babies are less likely to die of SIDS if they are offered a pacifier before they fell asleep.
R Offer the pacifier but donít force baby to take it.
R If the pacifier falls out while the baby is asleep, there is no need to put it back in babyís mouth.
R Breastfed babies are at lower risk of SIDS than formula fed babies, but they may be offered a pacifier after one month of age when breastfeeding is well-established.
© Several big dangers.
R Babies should not sleep on sofas, waterbeds, chairs, bean bags, or in bed with other children.
R Wedges and infant sleep positioners have been recalled because babies have suffocated on them. Do not use anything you buy or make (not even a rolled up blanket) to keep your baby on his or her back.
R Babies should never share a bed with other children or adults who are not one of their parents. Grandparentsó this means you should not sleep with the baby on a bed, sofa, or chair.
R Donít have anything near the crib that baby can reach like toys, curtains, or cords for blinds.
R Caregivers who are not the parents of the baby should be particularly careful to follow the recommendations for SIDS Risk Reduction. Babies are more likely to die of SIDS while under the care of someone other than mom or dad. This includes grandparents and other loving relatives, babysitters, and child care providers.