Monday, January 30, 2012

Safe Sleep for Babies Tips and the HALO Safe Sleep Hospital Program



Safe Sleep Tips

Mom and Baby

Share these tips with all caregivers to ensure safe sleep for your baby:

  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at nap time and at night time.
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snuggly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.

Resources to share with your baby's caregivers

HALO Safe Sleep Hospital Program

HALO's in-hospital program  provides free Swaddles to the hospital to replace its blankets with the goal to start educating parents about Safe Sleep and SIDs prevention right from day 1 of the child's life. 

Click here to learn more about this initiative.

Source: HALO website

Disclosure:  I was not compensated in any way for this post.


  1. These are great solutions for babies that will hopefully help establish sleeping patterns. For parents though, there are natural sleep aids to help them get some well-deserved rest.

  2. Thank you for sharing these tips! It is important for babies to establish a specific sleeping pattern. But first, make sure you have invested in good mattresses.