Sleeping with your Baby -the Risks
We understand parents want to be close to their children in the hospital. For children 3 years and under we do not allow a parent in the bed. We want you to be close to your child, but not in the same bed.
Here are some safety facts for home
In Dane County (1994-2002)
- Almost ¾ of accidental deaths of children under age 2 happened while sleeping with another person.
- In all cases, the child was trapped between a person and a mattress or a couch.
The risks of sleeping with your baby in the hospital include risks that may happen at home.
The risks are suffocation, being trapped, and falls. An adult’s weight in bed can cause a baby to roll from back to tummy. This can cause a baby to suffocate. The same thing can happen when Mom dozes off while breastfeeding.
In the hospital we want to keep your child safe. We need to be able to see your child, and all of the tubes, drains, and equipment that keep your child safe. We want you to be close to your child, but not in the same bed.
- Babies are safest sleeping on their back. This may reduce the chance of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death).
- Infants are safest sleeping on a firm surface, without bumpers or padding.
- Take small objects and toys out of bed before going to sleep.
- Keep drapes, cords, and plastic material away from infants to avoid choking.
Adapted from “Safe Kids” Sleeping with Your Baby: Know the Risks, www.safekids.org
Accident Prevention Birth to 12 Months Health Facts for You #4817.
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Last Updated: 03/29/2013
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