Every week in Ohio, three babies die in unsafe sleep environments. Following the ABCs of safe sleep is best for babies:
- Alone. Parents or caregivers should never nap on a couch or chair while holding their babies. Always make sure your child is placed alone in a crib or play yard with a firm mattress.
- Back. Babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to choke than those who sleep on their stomachs. Don’t cover your baby’s head with a blanket or over bundle in clothing and blankets.
- Crib. An empty crib is best. Many parents believe their babies won’t be warm or comfortable without bumper pads, blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals, but these items can be deadly. Babies can suffocate on or be strangled by any extra item in the crib.