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Babies NEED to sleep on their backs, not their stomachs

 

Safe Sleep Campaign

"On average, at least one child dies each week in Indiana as a result of bed sharing or sleeping in an unsafe environment.  Even as media outlets across the state feature stories of the dangers of unsafe sleep practices, well meaning parents inadvertently continue to put their infants in dangerous, sometimes fatal situations"

In response to this disturbing trend, the Kids First Trust Fund in conjunction with DCS created a statewide media campaign aimed at eliminating infant deaths due to unsafe sleep practices.

Safe Sleep PSA

Safe Sleep Information

If you still want to stay close to your child, have your infant sleep in his/her crib or on a separate sleep surface that is appropriate for your child in your room. There are a number of resources where cribs can be accessed for families in need:

Never sleep with your baby. If your baby falls asleep in your arms, enjoy the sleeping baby and stay awake! If you become sleepy, place the baby in his/her crib or some other safe, firm sleeping surface on their back. Remember when putting you baby down, the following items can suffocate your baby:                        

  • Couches
  • Clothes
  • Blankets
  • Soft beds
  • Pillows
  • Toys

Additional Information:

 

Remember: Put Your Baby to Bed Alone

 

If you have any comments or questions about Safe Sleep and/or the Safe Sleep Campaign, please email Communication@dcs.IN.gov.