Suddenly and quite unexpectedly babies die in their sleep and for no apparent reason. In fact, almost 400 babies die in their sleep annually in Texas causing the state to go on a campaign mission entitled “Always Give Babies Room to Breathe!” Hi this is Terri Borman child care provider and author of children’s book “Shapes Go to School.” As a child care provider, it’s scary to think that an infant that I love and care for could die in his/her sleep while in my care, so I must to do everything in my power to provide a safe and clean environment and follow State guidelines about infant safe sleep practices.
The ABC’s of Infant Sleep:
- A- ALONE (Infants should sleep alone)
- B- BACKS (Infants should sleep on their backs with no blankets or bedding)
- C- CRIB & COOL (Infants should sleep in a crib around 70 degrees)
- S- SMOKE FREE (Infants should sleep in a smoke free environment)
Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do place babies on their backs to sleep.
- Do keep babies away from second hand smoke.
- Do dress the baby lightly and control the room temperature use a fan to aide in air circulation.
- Do Breast feed your baby and use pacifiers because they can lower the risk of sudden death.
- Don’t put a baby to bed swaddled or with blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or bumper pads. A cute and adorable crib could be a deadly one.
- Don’t cover a babies face.
- Don’t prop a bottle.
- Don’t let an infant sleep with adults or other children and especially don’t sleep with an infant if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs which make you sleepy or extremely tired.
- Don’t put your baby to sleep on a chair, sofa, futon, bean bag, any kind of cushion, soft mattresses, waterbeds, or memory foam.
- Don’t expose infants to second hand smoke.
Remember the safest place for a baby to sleep is in an approved crib with a tight fitting sheet in the same room as the parents or caregivers. Adult beds are not made for babies and increase the risk of death. Please click on the picture of the baby above to watch 2 short videos.
About “Shapes Go to School:” It’s the first day of school and the teacher, Miss Heart, has asked the students to get up and introduce themselves. One by one each student gets up and tells each other their names, their color, and how many sides they have. When it is Circle’s turn to get up, he is sad; he doesn’t have any sides like the other shape children. Don’t worry though! All is well by the end of the story and every one of the shape children learn that they are special and useful in their own ways!
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