Does this look familiar? Many well-meaning parents place their baby in an adult bed for sleep and sometimes use pillows in an effort to keep them safe from rolling off the bed.
We know many babies die sleeping in an adult bed. In 2021, seven Gaston County babies died as a result of sleeping in an adult bed. Soft bedding, pillows, loose bedding, and other people in the bed all pose a suffocation risk for infants as shown below.
Remember your ABCs and follow them every time you put your baby down to sleep.
A - Alone
Put baby in a safe sleep space ALONE for every sleep—this means no parents, no brothers or sisters, no stuffed animals, no blankets, no bumpers. Baby sleeps safest alone in their crib.
B - Back
Put baby in a safe sleep space on their BACK for naps and nighttime. Babies’ airways can easily be blocked, and they can suffocate when on their stomach. Baby sleeps safest on their back.
C - Crib
Put baby in a safe sleep space – a CRIB or play yard. Baby can become trapped in the cushions or sheets of a couch or adult bed. Baby sleeps safest on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet in a crib or play yard.