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Keeping baby safe is as important to us here at Babies''R''Us as it is to you. (We're parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and caregivers, too!) We honor the trust that parents place in us, which is why we've partnered with key safety specialists to provide you with this online resource as your go-to spot for safety advice. Most childhood injuries happen at home and are completely preventable with simple safety steps you can learn about here.

One of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent is where and how you place your baby to sleep. If you follow these safe sleep rules, you will help protect your baby from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) due to accidental suffocation or injury during sleep.

  • Always place your baby to sleep on her back. Side and tummy positions are not safe.
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards. The mattress should be firm and fit snuggly in the crib. Cover the mattress with only a tight-fitting crib sheet. Portable cribs and play yard style cribs are also good choices.
  • Do not put anything soft, loose or fluffy in your baby's sleep space. This includes pillows, blankets, comforters, bumper pads, stuffed animalsor toys and other soft items.
  • Use a wearable blanket or other type of sleeper instead of blankets to keep your baby warm and safe.
  • Place your baby's separate, safe sleep space near your bed to help you protect her and make breastfeeding easier. This is called room sharing.
  • Falling asleep with your baby in bed or on a couch or armchair is dangerous - room share instead.
  • Never place your baby to sleep on top of any soft surface. This includesadult beds, sofas, chairs, waterbeds, pillows, cushions, comforters and sheepskins.
  • Make sure your baby doesn't get too warm during sleep. Use light sleepclothing and keep room temperature at what would be comfortable for a lightly-clothed adult.
  • Offer your baby a pacifier every time you place her down to sleep. If you are breastfeeding, wait until nursing is well established before using a pacifier (usually around 1 month).
  • Educate everyone who care for your baby about these safe sleep rules!

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