As a babysitter, parents are preparing to leave you as the primary caregiver of the most precious and important person in their lives. This is an anxious and exciting moment in parenting.
Did you know? One in five infant sleep-related deaths occur while the baby is in the care of someone other than their parents. Often the caregiver has placed the baby, who normally sleeps on his or her back, on the stomach to sleep. When a baby who normally sleeps on the back is placed on their stomach to sleep, it is called “unaccustomed tummy sleeping”. These babies have an 18-times increased risk of sleep-related death!
So, what can you to prevent sleep-related deaths? It is vital that you know about infant safe sleep practices and provide a safe sleeping environment for the infant that will be in your care. Following the ABCs of Safe Sleep can help you to remember what to do to prevent SIDS or other infant sleep-related deaths!
REMEMBER THE ABCs OF SAFE SLEEP!
A, Alone – No bed-sharing. Infants should never be placed with a parent, sibling, or another caregiver. Nothing should ever be in the crib with an infant.
B, Back – An infant should never be placed to sleep on their side or stomach. Placing a baby to sleep on their stomach doubles the risk of death!
C, Crib – Infants should always sleep in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, portable crib; free of any soft objects (pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, and/or bumper pads). The crib mattress or portable crib mat should be firm with only a tight-fitted sheet.